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  • Death can strengthen social networks for years after the event, Facebook study reveals

    Science Magazine - 04/24/2017

    “What is surprising is that it lasts so long,” says William Hobbs, a social scientist at Northeastern University in Boston, who conducted the work at the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with Moira Burke, a data scientist at Facebook.

    Not all deaths were the same. Postdeath interactions were more frequent after cancer and unintentional injuries than after other causes, and less frequent after stigmatized causes, such as suicide, sexually transmitted diseases, and liver disease, which can be caused by alcohol abuse. (There weren’t enough data to know whether interaction after stigmatized deaths was higher or lower than if there’d been no death.)

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