Category Archives: Social network

When a New Tool Is Introduced in Different Cultural Contexts: Individualism–Collectivism and Social Network on Facebook

What will happen if a new tool is introduced to different cultures? What if the tool can potentially bridge those cultures? Will it be used in the same way across cultures and contribute to a decrease in cultural differences? Or … Continue reading

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The Social Context of Adolescent Friendships: Parents, Peers, and Romantic Partners

We argue that adolescent friendships flourish, or wither, within the “linked lives” of other salient social network ties. Based on structural equation modeling with data from two-time points, we find that young people tend to be in high-quality friendships when … Continue reading

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Networked – The New Social Operating System

Book – Daily life is connected life, its rhythms are driven by endless email pings and responses, the chimes and beeps of continually arriving text messages, tweets and retweets, Facebook updates, pictures and videos to post and discuss. Our perpetual … Continue reading

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The burden of reciprocity: Processes of exclusion and withdrawal from personal networks

Reciprocity has been traditionally treated in sociological and anthropological theory as a force of integration that keeps network members tied together through a complex web of obligations and interdependencies. This article suggests that in the context of poverty it can … Continue reading

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Attachment as a Collective Resource: Attachment Networks During Middle Childhood

Attachment theory is commonly used to investigate children’s psychosocial development. To demonstrate cultural variability and to advance the idea of attachment as a collective resource, we assessed children’s attachment networks during middle childhood among the Nseh, a Cameroonian clan with … Continue reading

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Social Network Diffusion

Networks are about connectivity and what is flowing along those connections, how something spreads across a social network is then one of the central questions within social network analysis. The study of network diffusion tries to capture the underlying mechanism … Continue reading

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The role of gender in social network organization

The digital traces we leave behind when engaging with the modern world offer an interesting lens through which we study behavioral patterns as expression of gender. Although gender differentiation has been observed in a number of settings, the majority of … Continue reading

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How social networks make us smarter

By harnessing the power of our collective intelligence, can humans as a species work together to implement thoughtful solutions in an age of connectivity? In a world riddled with big problems, leading social scientist Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland has heartening news. … Continue reading

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Recovering from disasters: Social networks matter more than bottled water and batteries

Standard advice about preparing for disasters focuses on building shelters and stockpiling things like food, water and batteries. But resilience – the ability to recover from shocks, including natural disasters – comes from our connections to others, and not from … Continue reading

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What Hunter-gatherers can tell us about fundamental Human Social Networks

Long before the advent of social media, human social networks were built around sharing a much more essential commodity: food. Now, researchers reporting on the food sharing networks of two contemporary groups of hunter-gatherers in the Cell Press journal Current … Continue reading

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