dunbars number.

4 11 2010

Have you heard of Dunbar’s number?

Dunbar’s Number: “Dunbar’s number is a theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person” (Malcolm Gladwell)

The most commonly used number is 150.

This basically means that at any given time you are capable of maintaining roughly 150 friendships.
Have you sat down and tried counting before?

The last time I tried to count the number of friends I had was when I was 15 – my brother, Kory and I were trying to see who had more friends. (He probably won – even though my teenage self would cringe to admit it)

“I will call you friends, for you are my friends….” (D&C 93:45)

I’m not concerned with numbers anymore.
But I’m interested in Dunbar’s Number.

Why?
Because the number has changed.

Are you on Facebook?
You should be- for a lot of reasons.
I don’t care if you are a non-conformist. Facebook is not about conforming.

Facebook is about being informed.

Anyways- Facebook has changed the way we interact with our friends, colleagues and even family.

To maintain friendships with 150 sounds like a daunting task if you’re writing letters and making phone calls.
Facebook has made it a cake-walk.

Using the “like” button, writing on someones status and commenting on pictures are just a few ways that we can maintain active relationships with people in our social circle.

We could easily see Dunbar’s number double, triple and perhaps expand even more.

Think about how you use Facebook.
You probably dabble in a variety of actions: commenting, liking, linking, sharing etc. etc.

With one online website (an increasingly expanding one) you have altered the number of people you communicate with daily forever.

Wow!

I love it. Man, I can’t get enough of this stuff… I love the idea of being to maintain a large number of friendships. Think about how many amazing people you have met – there are so many more out there.

Now, you can keep them in your circle of friends without burning yourself out.

? What do you use Facebook for?

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2 responses

5 11 2010
Kory

oh my gosh hahaha dude i totally remember we wrote to see who had more friends! haha wow, the good ol days. how did you even remember that?! you prolly won though bc im a loser.

28 12 2010
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