The British anthropologist and Oxford professor Robin Dunbar has a theory that the number of people with whom we can keep up stable, inter-personal relationships is limited by the size of our brains. Dunbar’s magic friend number is set at 150. Now. Call me crazy (or friendless) but that sounds like a lot to me and to keep 150 friends in close calls for a serious case of the social butterflies. But of course since networking sites shoehorned themselves into our social lives, friend circles are spinning out of control. Facebook is the worst offender: they co-opted the word friend, created a new verb and make us feel frankly inadequate if our friend list sits in the double digits.
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