Off the grid part II

Certainly, 300 facebook friends is worth…how many real relationships? Dunbars numbers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar’s_number) doesn’t apply to our facebook/twitter/social media relationships. “Friends” in the historical use now must take on a different connotation? Of course, Dunbars term is “social relationships” which certainly wouldn’t apply to our “social media connections.”
So, whats the ideal number? (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7920434.stm) Does the inner circle of five “core” people hold true? Fifteen including family members? Or is social media simply a way of increasing our network of acquaintances, and doesn’t hold true to the nature of “friends.” Our “Facebook number” has simply increased our social world with another category. We have “friends” and “virtual friends” and those are in themselves different in the way they work, but contribute to an interconnected world. Obviously we cannot see the long-term effects of this now, but what about in 10 year? Will our virtual network have increased our real network in tangible ways?

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About whatshupp

I'm a project manager engaged with social media, technology, energy efficiency. A retired member of the United States Air Force, I've become a bit of a distance runner.
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