Social Networks Promote Cooperation, Discourage Selfishness, So Nice Guys Can Finish First
It turns out nice guys can finish first, and David Rand has the evidence to prove it.
Rand, a post-doctoral fellow in Harvard’s Department of Psychology and a Lecturer in Human Evolutionary Biology, is the lead author of a new paper, which found that dynamic, complex social networks encourage their members to be friendlier and more cooperative, with the possible payoff coming in an expanded social sphere, while selfish behavior can lead to an individual being shunned from the group and left – literally on their own.
As described this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the research is among the first such studies to examine social interaction as a fluid, ever-changing process. Previous studies of complex social networks largely used static snapshots of the groups to examine how members were or were not connected. This new approach, Rand said, is the closest scientists have yet come to describing the way the planet’s 6 billion inhabitants interact on a daily basis.
“What we are showing is the importance of the dynamic, flexible nature of real-world social networks,” Rand said. “Social networks are always shifting, and they’re not shifting in random ways. …..
- Scientifically Speaking, Nice Guys Do Not Actually Finish Last [Science] (gizmodo.com)
- Duh, Social Networks Want Real Names Only (essayboard.com)
- Twitter, There’s Nothing Wrong With Being A Social Network – TechCrunch (techcrunch.com)
- Microsoft Research’s Socl Social Network Gets A Little More Real (techcrunch.com)
- 5 New Social Networks You Should Know About (learningwithtechs.wordpress.com)
- Microsoft working on its own social network Socl (digitaltrends.com)
- wind2share – A Social Business Network Launches its Web Based Platform – PR Web (press release) (prweb.com)
- Why are social networks so popular? – San Francisco Chronicle (blog) (sfgate.com)
November 16, 2011 - Posted by Janice Flahiff | Health News Items, Medical and Health Research News, Psychology | altruism, Crowd psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, psychology, selfishness, Social network, Social psychology
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