Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

The Majority Illusion in Social Networks

You think everyone does/know/be it?  Maybe it’s just an illusion.

The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind

June 30, 2015 | MIT Technology Review

Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare.
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December 25, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, sociology | , , , | Leave a comment

Your friends really are better than you

I never thought there would be a mathematical explanation for any aspect of the “grass is greener” idiom — but here it is:  compared to your friends, you really do suck. From MIT Technology Review, January 14, 2014:

How the Friendship Paradox Makes Your Friends Better Than You Are

The friendship paradox is the empirical observation that your friends have more friends than you do. Now network scientists say your friends are probably wealthier and happier, too.

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January 18, 2014 Posted by | sociology | , , , | Leave a comment