How our social network influences our behavior

As more of us are on social networks, and indeed more about each of us is shared online, there have been numerous stories emerging of the insights into our lives and behaviors that can be gleaned from our postings online.

A new paper from researchers at City College of New York highlights the kind of things that can be easily gleaned from publicly available postings online.  It shows that we can infer not only ones economic status, but also how they are likely to react to certain issues and the policy stances they will take.  Rather than inferring this from the content we share however, the research infers this simply from our position in our networks.

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