Boing Boing has a neat post about an Ohio State University application of what appears to be basic Social Network Analysis. The subjects being analyzed are high school students and the connections seem to be sexual relationships. There are a few implications here including the tracing the transfer of sexually transmitted disease, but also as a way to gauge the societal shifts that occurring in this age group.
A few nights ago I watched bits of the Katie Curic special on teens and their sexual relationships. One of the overriding themes is that 'it is not like it was when our parents were in school'. The Fiance and I debated the point and decided there was no real metric to measure. I would like to see these SNAs done all over the country for cultural comparisons.
Although juvenile (pardon the pun) tracking who is with whom is actually a useful entry exercise to SNA. The basic premise is the same in any organization, which is why I find using a tool commonly associated with business purposed being used in sociological research. It is nice to see the cross pollination of ideas and technology.