My Starbucks buddies and I are now doing regular Zoom sessions with our homemade coffee in hand. It’s not the same as sitting on the couch in our regular spots, sipping our favorite drinks, but it’ll do.
Tomorrow, we’ll all have our video cameras working. And I think there may be a couple more regulars to invite.
MIT Technology Review mentioned the Friendship Paradox, in which, due to outliers and “the topology of networks,” your friends on average have more friends than you do. The article goes on to suggest that your friends probably are more wealthy and happy, too.
I was curious to see how my Facebook friends’ friend counts measured up. My Facebook friends average 434 friends.1My data isn’t perfect, because 24 of my friends prevent me from seeing their entire friend list; I can only see mutual friends. Thus I have no idea how many Facebook friends those friends have. Only 67% of my FB friends have less than that many friends, so the article could be false for 33% of my FB friends (including me).
What is the Monkeysphere?. “What do monkeys have to do with war, oppression, crime, racism and even e-mail spam? You’ll see that all of the random ass-headed cruelty of the world will suddenly make perfect sense once we go Inside the Monkeysphere.” Warning: coarse language,1Derp. I included some in the quote… :-( plus the claim that you can’t have as many friends as your Facebook profile probably suggests.
Dunbar’s number. “A suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships.” In contrast to those who collect “friends” on Facebook like playing Cookie Clicker.