In the News (from ScienceNow): “To test peer influence, Sinan Aral and Dylan Walker, economists at New York University’s Stern School of Business in New York City, used a Facebook app that allows users to rate and recommend movies. …
“[Results:] Reality seems to fall somewhere between influence and susceptibility. Both are important, but contagion depended on the personal traits of the people, the team reports online today in Science. For example, people older than 30 were more influential than those who are younger than 30, and people of the same age had the most influence on each other. Women tended to influence men more than they influenced each other. But most surprisingly, influence and susceptibility almost never occurred in the same person. At least in the Facebook network, there are only trendsetters and followers.”
My Comment: We are all different, and that is why there cannot be equality; it can be only relative, when everyone gets what he or she wants. The distribution of the fruit of collective labor will be realized by society with love for everyone. Only then nobody will feel deprived, controlled, or exploited.