Before I hit the J’s, I converted to Facebook’s Timeline. As a result, I lost access to the alphabetical friend list, which brought my social experiment to a screeching halt.
In trying to disprove Dunbar’s number, I actually proved it.
I only made it through 1,000 of my 2,000 Facebook friends. But that was enough. My experiment’s outcome was crystal clear: Dunbar’s number kicked my ass.
In trying to disprove Dunbar’s number, I actually proved it. I proved that even if you’re aware of Dunbar’s number, and even if you set aside a chunk of your life specifically to broaden your social capital, you can only maintain so many friendships. And “so many” is fewer than 200.