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In a 1993 study, Robin Dunbar, a British anthropologist, theorized that humans could have no more than about 150 meaningful relationships, a measure that became known as Dunbar’s number.
But researchers at Stockholm University published a paper in May calling that number into question, finding that people could have far more friends if they put in the effort.
Even without reading the article about this topic, what do you think? How many friends do you have, and how do you define “friend”? What number of meaningful relationships do you think a person can have in general? Why?
Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to learn more.
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