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5 Rules of Social Networks Week 2

by: Joy Bullington

5 Rules of Social Networks Week 2 SOCI 1101

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Discusses Palmer's 5 rules for Social Networks
Introduction to Sociology
Professor Nathan Palmer
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sociology, test1, networks
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Joy Bullington on Friday September 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOCI 1101 at Georgia Southern University taught by Professor Nathan Palmer in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Sociology in Sociology at Georgia Southern University.


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Date Created: 09/16/16
The 5 Rules of Social Networks 1.We shape our network 2.Our network shapes us 3.Our friends affect us 4.Our friends’ friends’ friends’ affect us 5.The network has a life of its own We Shape Our Network  We decide how many people we want to be connected to o We don’t have total control, but we have influence  We influence how densely interconnected the people in our networks are o We can keep our different networks separate or we can bring them together. Ex) Friends who are a bad influence and parents  We control how central we are to the social network o Life of the party or a wallflower? Homophily  The conscious or unconscious tendency to associate with people who are similar to us.  The similarities that we focus on are the ones that society teaches us are important. Ex) Gender, race, attractions Core Discussion Network  The small group of trusted people that an individual has a close personal relationship with. These are the people we speak with most often and discuss everything with (including personal/private matters).  Research suggest that the average American’s core discussion network consists of 2 to 6 people. Society also shapes our network  Supra-individual factors affecting our network structure: o We may live in an environment that promotes or discourages interconnections between people of certain groups Ex) racial and economic segregation. o The family we are born into may be small or large o We may be unable to afford a small private liberal arts college degree and have to attend a large state school. Our Network Shapes Us  The degree of transitivity between your friends and family can affect everything from how well you do in school, to how likely you are to find a sexual partner to how likely you are to commit suicide.  The people in your core discussion network will have an effect on how you see the world.


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