Analysis Of Limits Of Friendship By Maria Konnikova

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Maria Konnikova, a New York Times best-selling author, is known for contributing scientific and psychological factors into her works, which has been published on several online publications such as Salon, the Atlantic, the New Republic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, etc. (Konnikova 235). In her essay “Limits of Friendship”, she goes into depth about the number of friends that one can have overall based off Robin Dunbar theory and how technology is impacting not only his theory, but our social lives also. Based on Robin Dunbar research, he believes that a typical individual has one hundred and fifty people in their social group in which he differentiates in his “rule of three”. As technology advances, the way individuals interact with one another is through social media and their smart devices, but we’re slowly losing our focus on how to socialize with one another. Technology is making it easier to build relationships with those around the world, but harder with those around us.
Many individuals in the United States have family or friends living in different parts of the world. Beforehand, for one to keep in contact with those living outside of the United States, they had to either pay additional money to their cellular device carrier to be able to make international long-distance phone calls or go purchase minutes from companies such as Boss Revolution, Nopin, etc. But now, with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, it’s easier to keep the long-distance relationship flowing. In Dunbar words, ““What Facebook does and why it’s been so successful in so many ways is it allows [one] to keep track of people who could otherwise effectively disappear”” (Konnikova 237). When one is able reconnect with another individual or reestablish their relationship they’re able to reconcile. There’s no need for people to spend money to keep in contact with an individual in another country no more, after all, social media is penniless.
When individuals meet up, they’re able to communicate better and enjoy each other’s company. As Konnikova points out, “But one of the things that keeps face-to-face friendships stronger is the nature of shared experience” (konnikova 237). Shared experience

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