People are strengthening their connections to their close ties, but losing the social capital of their weak acquaintances

Keywords: Gender , Marissa King , Networks , Pandemic , Yale

People are more likely to find a job through an acquaintance because their acquaintances have new sources of information. If we just let our social circles go without reflecting upon them, we tend to end up talking to people who look like us and think like us. The more that we have those same conversations over and over, we all increasingly start to influence one another and think alike. So without these weaker ties, we’re essentially all sitting in echo chambers. That’s why that weak tie is so important — it’s providing new sources of information that we otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to.