A new study published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, co-authored by Lazer Lab postdoc William Hobbs with Moira Burke, examines self-healing and resilience in social networks. “Connective recovery in social networks after the death of a friend” compared “de-identified, aggregate counts of monthly interactions in approximately 15,000 Facebook networks in which someone had died with similar friendship networks of living Facebook users” to find that “friends of the decedent immediately increased interactions with each other and maintained these added interactions for years after the loss.”

Read more about this study here.