Does the health of your friends’ friends’ friends have any relationship to your own? How about to your outlook on life? Your general happiness or grumpiness? Your approach to problems and opportunities?
In this video Dr. Christakis discusses some of his findings related directly to health and wellness.
“If your friends are obese, your risk of obesity is 45 percent higher. … If your friend’s friends are obese, your risk of obesity is 25 percent higher. … If your friend’s friend’s friend, someone you probably don’t even know, is obese, your risk of obesity is 10 percent higher. It’s only when you get to your friend’s friend’s friend’s friends that there’s no longer a relationship between that person’s body size and your own body size.” – Nicholas Christakis
Might we be able to leverage our professional social connections to improve healthcare delivery? We think so. Be on the lookout for more information on the MedStar Institute for Innovation’s enterprise social collaboration tool, MI2 Sense. (If you would like to learn more, contact Ed Tori, MI2’s Director of Presence at ed.tori [at] medstar.net)
I think we form social networks because the benefits of a connected life outweigh the costs. If I was always violent towards you or gave you misinformation or made you sad or infected you with deadly germs, you would cut the ties to me, and the network would disintegrate. So the spread of good and valuable things is required to sustain and nourish social networks. Similarly, social networks are required for the spread of good and valuable things, like love and kindness and happiness and altruism and ideas. I think, in fact, that if we realized how valuable social networks are, we’d spend a lot more time nourishing them and sustaining them, because I think social networks are fundamentally related to goodness. And what I think the world needs now is more connections. – Nicholas Christakis
Learn More About:
- Nicholas Christakis
- Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives — How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do
- MI2 Sense – (pronounced “my two cents”) MI2’s enterprise social collaboration platform and its use in the clinical healthcare space, crowdsourcing, and health innovation.