December 14

Spending time with family and friends

How many real friends do you have? How fragile are your relationships?

The number of social relationships an individual can have is constrained  in part by the time available to invest in interaction. If the quality of a relationship is a function of the time invested in it, then we might expect a technology that allows an individual to cut through the time constraints inherent in face-to-face interaction to allow larger social networks to be maintained. Social networking media on the Internet provide one obvious possibility in this respect. Professor Robin Dunbar  reviews the evidence.

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