Your friends influence you more than you realise, because ideas and influences have been show to cluster together in people that you know and interact with (Your social network). This influence extends to people you don’t even know, friends of friends, and even to their friends. Similarly people you work with, and other people in the same organistaion you don’t even know.
This video explores the influence of social networks on happiness, depression, obesity, smoking, drinking, divorce and emotions and shows how they can spread from person to person. So be careful who your associate with as a friend or at work because their life rubs off on you in so many subtle and different ways, and be very aware of how your social network influences your choices in life.You can’t extract yourself from the influence of your social network, which in many ways has a life and intelligence of it’s own.
How traits (from happiness to obesity) spread through our social networks – and impact your life in ways you don’t even know is a talk given to TED 2010 by Nicholas Christakis, author of the book ‘Connected’. Nicholas is a Harvard Professor of Medicine, Health Care Policy, and Sociology. He was named by Time magazine to its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and also by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of 100 top global thinkers.
Author : Colin Winstanley