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Cracking the Dunbar’s Number: From Social Grooming to Like and Retweet
There is a curious thing called Dunbar's number.
Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person.
The number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar.**
Depending on the study and evaluation method, it's considered to be somewhere between 100 and 250, with a commonly used average value of 150. The number is believed to be correlated to the volume of the neocortex.
High Dunbar's number is indeed an evolutionary advantage which is named to be the reason why homo sapiens managed to outperform other species. With the help of languages they(we) levered communication to a new level.
Silly social networks for daily shit posting they say...
Lately, I was watching an Instagram story and caught myself thinking that I know the author so well... which obviously has nothing to do with the reality. I've seen him once IRL.
Silly social networks for daily shit posting. Or a tool to engage and build bonds with an infinite amount of people at the same time while being that far away from each other.