***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hi folks, For the intro of the book I'm writing, I need about 5 more bullets on the benefits of large, diverse, less-bounded social networks. I'm having a bit of a brain cramp, and I need to get this done now! Here are the quick ones I (and my coauthor Lee Raine) have jotted down. Can you help TODAY? " People with strong social support networks enjoy better physical and mental health than those without such networks. Not only are people with good support networks less likely to become ill, but when they do, they recover faster. " People with large personal networks tend to live longer than those with small networks. " Those whose friends have a healthy weight - or even those whose friends of friends have a healthy weight - are more likely to have a healthy weight also. Similarly, non-smokers are friends with other non-smokers (Christakis and Fowler, 20#). " Personal happiness and satisfaction depend in large part of the quality of relationships with other people. " Those with large diverse networks full of weak ties are more likely to get better jobs. " Those with large personal networks get higher-paying positions at work, get promoted faster, and generally are more effective in their job performance. Please supply the references. The refs. for the ones above are in Endnotes already which just don't show. Thanks, Barry Wellman _______________________________________________________________________ S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, FRSC NetLab Director Department of Sociology University of Toronto 725 Spadina Avenue, Room 388 Toronto Canada M5S 2J4 http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~wellman fax:+1-416-978-3963 Updating history: http://chass.utoronto.ca/oldnew/cybertimes.php _______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.