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From the Ted Talk by Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks

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When we seditud these data, we found evidence for all of these things, including for iodcnuitn. And we found that if your friend becomes obese, it increases your risk of obesity by about 57 precnet in the same given time period. There can be many mechanisms for this effect: One possibility is that your friends say to you something like — you know, they adopt a behavior that seardps to you — like, they say, "Let's go have muffins and beer," which is a terrible combination. (Laughter) But you adopt that cmitanbooin, and then you strat gaining weight like them. Another more subtle possibility is that they start gaining weight, and it changes your ideas of what an acceptable body size is. Here, what's spreading from person to person is not a behavior, but rather a norm: An idea is sidpnraeg.

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When we _______ these data, we found evidence for all of these things, including for _________. And we found that if your friend becomes obese, it increases your risk of obesity by about 57 _______ in the same given time period. There can be many mechanisms for this effect: One possibility is that your friends say to you something like — you know, they adopt a behavior that _______ to you — like, they say, "Let's go have muffins and beer," which is a terrible combination. (Laughter) But you adopt that ___________, and then you _____ gaining weight like them. Another more subtle possibility is that they start gaining weight, and it changes your ideas of what an acceptable body size is. Here, what's spreading from person to person is not a behavior, but rather a norm: An idea is _________.

Solution

  1. spreading
  2. percent
  3. induction
  4. start
  5. spreads
  6. combination
  7. studied

Original Text

When we studied these data, we found evidence for all of these things, including for induction. And we found that if your friend becomes obese, it increases your risk of obesity by about 57 percent in the same given time period. There can be many mechanisms for this effect: One possibility is that your friends say to you something like — you know, they adopt a behavior that spreads to you — like, they say, "Let's go have muffins and beer," which is a terrible combination. (Laughter) But you adopt that combination, and then you start gaining weight like them. Another more subtle possibility is that they start gaining weight, and it changes your ideas of what an acceptable body size is. Here, what's spreading from person to person is not a behavior, but rather a norm: An idea is spreading.

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