The Friendship Paradox and Systematic Biases in Perceptions and Social Norms

@article{Jackson2016TheFP,
  title={The Friendship Paradox and Systematic Biases in Perceptions and Social Norms},
  author={Matthew O. Jackson},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2016},
  volume={abs/1605.04470}
}
The "friendship paradox" (Feld1991) refers to the fact that, on average, people have strictly fewer friends than their friends have. I show that this over-sampling of the most popular people amplifies behaviors that involve complementarities. People with more friends experience greater interactive effects and hence engage more in socially influenced activities. Given the friendship paradox, people then perceive more engagement when sampling their friends than exists in the overall population… CONTINUE READING
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