How Online Interaction Shapes Everything From Baby Names To Revolutions

February 6, 2015 5:13 PM

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How Online Interaction Shapes Everything From Baby Names To Revolutions

In 1914, the names "Mary" and "Helen" were all the rage for baby girls. In 2014, it was "Emma" and "Olivia" -- neither of which were even among the top eight girls' names just 15 years earlier.

How does a large population come to a consensus about which names are acceptable, and which are no longer desirable? Baby name trends are a perfect example of how norms change over time within different social groups. And based on new research, it's likely the structure of our social networks that d...

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