Saturday, February 28, 2009

The size of social networks | Primates on Facebook | The Economist

A timely reality check

Put differently, people who are members of online social networks are not so much “networking” as they are “broadcasting their lives to an outer tier of acquaintances who aren’t necessarily inside the Dunbar circle,” says Lee Rainie, the director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a polling organisation. Humans may be advertising themselves more efficiently. But they still have the same small circles of intimacy as ever.

The size of social networks | Primates on Facebook | The Economist

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