[FoRK] I've joined the modern era

Simon Wistow simon at thegestalt.org
Wed Feb 4 12:12:47 PST 2009


On Wed, Feb 04, 2009 at 11:56:48AM -0800, Adam L Beberg said:
> Any sociologist (and lots of other people) can tell you that humans can 
> maintain about 200 "connections" at a time, and only a handful of those are 
> close. This is because relationships of any kind take time and active 
> maintenance, time is finite, thus the connections must also be finite.

Surely, however the whole point about them is that they lower the cost 
of maintaining connections and hence allow you to have more of them.

Additionally they also allow you to have a lower grade of connection 
(wishing happy birthday to an old school friend on Facebook is a lot 
less effort than remembering their birthday and writing them a card 
every year and so is far more scaleable and hence allows you to more 
trivially keep in touch, albeit in a superficial way.





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