Dunbar study reveals how many friends we can have at once

Throughout life, the number of friends Besides close bonds, they are continually changing, but one study indicated that there is a limit to the number of friends one can have at one time.

The British psychologist, anthropologist and zoologist from the University of Oxford, Robin Dunbar published a study in the journal Behavioral and Brain in which he relates the “number of neocortical neurons and social relationships we can manage”.

This argument was based on an observational experiment on primates, which established that we could be closely related to ca. 150 peoplewhat we called “the Dunbar number”. This number establishes an estimate of close ties, which vary between 100 and 200, including close family members.

This figure established a global vision that will subdivide friends according to circles of proximity. According to Dunbar, the number of close friends is between three and five and intimate friends between one and two, which includes both very close family members and couples.

From there, he established a second circle of around ten people considered “good friends” and a third of people for whom he felt “affection and trust”, which reached 30 or 35 people.

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