Feb 1, 2010

Happiness and your social network

Computer network nodes (Digital)
A "Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network” study written by James H. Fowler and Nicholas A. Christakis in 2008, has found that happiness tends to be correlated in social networks. When a person is happy, nearby friends have a 25 percent higher chance of being happy themselves. Furthermore, people at the center of a social network tend to become happier in the future than those at the periphery. Clusters of happy and unhappy people were discerned within the studied networks, with a reach of three degrees of separation: a person's happiness was associated with the level of happiness of their friends' friends' friends.

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