23 Jul '13, 11am

Singapore Bus Study Reveals Hidden Social Networks

You can find them everywhere in your own neighborhood—the older gentleman who sweeps the sidewalk in the mornings, the couple that’s always walking a pair of golden retrievers, the grumpy cashier at the supermarket. Chances are you’ve never had a conversation with most of these strangers, but you’ve made assumptions about who they are and what they’re like, to the point where you feel like you kind of know them. Although scientists have long suspected that our passive interactions with these sorts of “familiar strangers ” may be more important than we realize, such encounters have gone largely unstudied. “Usually when people study social networks , they mostly use questionnaires and interviews to analyze connections between family, friends or coworkers, but it’s very difficult to ask questions about people they don’t really know,” says Juliette Stehlé, a physicist affiliat...

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