Unfriending Dunbar and Ending Conversations

Dunbar’s Number is the theoretical conative limit of friends any human can maintain at once. For years, social scientists have claimed that this upper bound was in tension with our modern, social media-influenced lives. But what if Dunbar’s Number isn’t true? Anthony and Jeff take a look at new study that might debunk the idea. Then, how often are you in a conversation that ends precisely when you want it to? Turns out, most people would like a conversation – any conversation – to be over sooner or last longer than it does. Jeff and Anthony examine some research into conversation.

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Both were submitted by Zmansfield this week!

This one: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/11/science/dunbars-number-debunked.html

And this one: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01074-z

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