Connected: The Amazing Power of Our Social Networks was suggested by David Jarman
As part of the Ragged Library, David Jarman, School of Marketing, Tourism and Language, Edinburgh Napier University suggested ‘Connected: The Amazing Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives’…
I am putting a book titled Connected into the Ragged Library. Connected has the subtitle ‘the amazing power of social networks and how they shape our lives’ and it does its best to live up to that claim. Through a series of case studies the authors (Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler) draw from numerous fields of research to present their arguments: that our social networks influence our daily lives in ways we are barely aware of.
From choice of life partner to health, wealth and happiness the people we form ties with affect us whether we like it or not – we in turn have our part to play in their lives too. Connected takes its place alongside other recent texts that are informing a newly interested public, one whose curiosity has perhaps been piqued by the spread of social media through its professional and private lives. The language, examples and narrative flow of the book make for an engaging, informative and rewarding read. Once you’ve started to get to grips with ‘the amazing power of social networks’ it’s hard to see the world in any other way.