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Do online social media cut through the constraints that limit the size of offline social networks?

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The social brain hypothesis has suggested that natural social network sizes may have a characteristic size in humans. This is determined in part by cognitive constraints and in part by the time costs of servicing relationships. Online social networking offers the potential to break through the glass ceiling imposed by at least the second of these, potentially enabling us to maintain much larger social networks. This is tested using two separate UK surveys, each randomly stratified by age, gen...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1098/rsos.150292

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Publisher:
The Royal Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Royal Society Open Science Journal website
Volume:
3
Issue:
1
Pages:
150292
Publication date:
2016-01-05
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2054-5703
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uuid:a2799d21-457e-4fe5-8a7c-085035f01ef6
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607469
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pubs:607469

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