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Social cognition on the Internet: testing constraints on social network size.

Abstract:

The social brain hypothesis (an explanation for the evolution of brain size in primates) predicts that humans typically cannot maintain more than 150 relationships at any one time. The constraint is partly cognitive (ultimately determined by some aspect of brain volume) and partly one of time. Friendships (but not necessarily kin relationships) are maintained by investing time in them, and failure to do so results in an inexorable deterioration in the quality of a relationship. The Internet, ...

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10.1098/rstb.2012.0121

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Journal:
Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
Volume:
367
Issue:
1599
Pages:
2192-2201
Publication date:
2012-08-05
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EISSN:
1471-2970
ISSN:
0962-8436
URN:
uuid:325ebbcb-7e98-42fb-9996-299d263291c4
Source identifiers:
346729
Local pid:
pubs:346729

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