- The most important factor to minimize desertion from companies in the Civil War was having a homogeneous unit, meaning similar types of people (I assume this means ethnic and geographically.)
- About 75% of men who joined the Salafi Jihad did so with their friends or family or because a close friend was already involved. Apparently the ideology was rationalized only later.
- Those who lack a social network (ie, self-report as socially isolated) have a higher risk of death from certain viruses, cancer, and heart disease. The explanation is that they have more stress.
Perhaps the ultimate utility of a wide social network is that you can always afford to let a few friends go their own way without taking too much of a hit.