Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Evolutionary Psychology and Friends

For those of you who don't know, I am writing a research paper on evolutionary psychology. I must say the subject is fascinating. Fascinating enough that it sometimes distracts me.

Nevertheless, it's time to choose my friends. According to studies, our brain developed to a size which allows us to maintain on average about 150 friends. The break down goes something like this: you have "room" for about 4-5 intimate friends, (not sexually intimate necessarily, just ones that you are close enough to that you feel comfortable revealing deep secrets and very personal feelings), about 12-15 close friends,(ones with whom you associate often and are your "buds") and up to 150 casual friends. (Ones that you know personally enough that you contact them fairly often and feel comfortable asking them for favors)

So who are going to be my top 5/12-15/150? Esther already gets to go in the first slot. I will leave it to the rest of you to duke it out over the other spots.

By the way, though there is supposed to be humor in this post, I will again say this field is fascinating. It is amazing how our brain developed to help us become the humans we are to day. We are as social as we are and have strong friendships thanks to these developments.

UPDATE: To prove evolution is currently going on, new human advances such as can allow you to maintain hundreds of friends online. Just look how far we have come.

1 comment:

  1. Your "Friend"January 30, 2007 at 9:17:00 PM PST

    Oh! Oh! Oh! Pick me! Pick me!


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