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  • What exactly influences our social circles?
  • What exactly influences our social circles?
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How can social networks be manipulated for good?

If a social network’s members remain the same but everyone’s place is reshuffled, could it impact their quality of life for the better? Canvas8 spoke to Nicholas Christakis, Nudgestock speaker and Yale professor, to learn how our online and offline networks can be harnessed for positive change.

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The jury is still out on social networks. According to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, only 24% of Britons trust these platforms, while seven in ten believe that they don’t do enough to prevent cyberbullying and the spread of extremist content. [1] Yet at the same time, #MeToo saw 4.7 million Facebook users engage with the taboo topic of sexual harassment within a 24-hour period, showing that social networks can also facilitate positive societal shifts. [2]

Nicholas Christakis, a professor of social and natural sciences at Yale University and the director of Yale’s Human Nature ...



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