Theme: How do we define who we are, and shape or reaffirm our identity using social networks?
As I searched for additional information related to this week's theme, I kept finding myself reading or watching videos related to social media and social networks and their influence and effect on obesity and health behavior. I feel like I could continue with this idea and find connections from obesity and health behavior to identity and self-perception or definition, but for now I will start the thought process with this idea of social networks affecting our physical selves and physical identity.
Below is a TED Talk in which Nicholas Christakis speaks about our social connections and how they influence our health and our emotions. Although he is speaking here about our social networks in real life and how your risk for obesity increases by 45% if your first connection friends have obesity, it made me wonder if this also applies for our online social networks and if our first connection friends on Facebook, for instance, have the same influence as those in real life. I have not yet searched for data on this, but since it pertains directly to my learners and their clients and how those clients are being affected by the social networks in which they live, it is important information for our organization to begin to study.