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SOCIAL NETWORKS VISION & PRACTICE OF 21 ST CENTURY FAITH FORMATION JOHN ROBERTO 

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1 SOCIAL NETWORKS VISION & PRACTICE OF 21 ST CENTURY FAITH FORMATION JOHN ROBERTO 

2 SOCIAL NETWORKS  Social Networks are not new. For 1000s of years people have formed into groups, built strong and weak relationships with others, formed alliances, and spread rumor and gossip.  Humans are social creatures with a need to connect to others; whether we need information, advice, or emotional support, we turn to one another.

3 SOCIAL NETWORKS  There is a major change in the structure of the web. It’s moving away from being built around the content, and is being rebuilt around the people.  People are spending less time interacting with content and more time communicating with other people.

4 SOCIAL NETWORKS Our social network is made up of all the people we’re connected to, all the people they are connected to, all the people they are connected to, and so on.

5 Our social networks tend to have clear boundaries, from people we care a lot about (in the center) to people we loosely know (on the periphery). 500 – Weak Ties (you know but don’t feel close to) 150 – Stable Social Relationships (know each of these people and which of them know each other) 50 – Communicate Group (aware of what’s going on in their lives) – Sympathy Group 5 – Inner Circle (advice, emotional support, times of trouble)

6 Most of our communication is with people closest to us – at the center of our social network

7 SOCIAL NETWORKS 1. We have evolved to form groups.  People naturally form groups.  People will make considerable sacrifices for the benefit of their group.  In certain situations, groups think better than individuals. It was wise of our ancestors to stick together.

8 SOCIAL NETWORKS 2. Most people have independent groups of friends that don’t overlap.  Each one of us uniquely connects multiple groups of people together.  Large populations of people are made up of these many small connected groups of friends who are often interlinked by unique individuals.  The only way information can spread through a large population is through many regular people. Everyone is an influencer. Social networks of connected independent groups of friends is the way ideas spread.

9 SOCIAL NETWORKS 3. We have 4-6 groups formed around life stage, hobbies, and shared experiences.  Each group usually contains fewer than 10 people; the average is 4 group members.  It’s tempting to think we’re connected to a very diverse set of people but we’re connected to people like us.  The people in each group know each other well, but they don’t know the people in the other groups.

10 Our groups form around life stages, hobbies, and shared experiences.

11 SOCIAL NETWORKS 1.Social networks are not new, and the social web is here to stay. 2.Sharing is a means to an end. People share information because it makes life easier, builds relationships, and shapes how we appear to others. 80% of our communication is with the 5-10 people we are closest to.

12 SOCIAL NETWORKS 3.Our social networks are made up of small, independent groups, connected through us. Each one of us uniquely connects multiple groups of people together. Connected groups of friends are required for ideas to spread. 4.The people closest to use have disproportionate influence over us. Most of us have 10 strong ties who hold influence over what we think and do.

13 SOCIAL NETWORKS 5.How we behave is learned from observing others. We are more influenced by the behavior of people in our group, and people we perceive to be like us. 6.Many of our decisions are made by our nonconscious, emotional brain. Our brain doesn’t remember details because it needs to prioritize what it stores in memory. It remembers relationships, and makes up details to fill in the gaps in memory.

14 SOCIAL NETWORKS 7.We’re wired to avoid trying new things, especially when they don’t match our beliefs. Changing people’s attitudes is incredibly hard, but changing their behavior is easier. Starting with small requests for behavioral change often leads to attitudinal change. 8.People will increasingly turn to their friends for information.


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