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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC355H1
Professor
Alexandra Marin
Semester
Fall

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SOC355H1: “This Hurts Me as Much as it Hurts You” By Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler ● social networks have structures ● often there are “active cores” who act as main links between people ● what happens two links away from you can effect you (e.g. sexual diseases, eating habits) ● Jefferson High School ­ example of Syphilis spreading between 6th graders ● main cause of spread was social attitudes towards sex among peers ­ that it was ok ● community efforts to address problem ­ network split up ­  links broken ­ epidemic stopped because the network changed ● Framingham Heart Study ­ conducted to examine social ties and how people’s eating habits are affected by their social network ● Three degrees of influence rule: average obese person was found to have
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