How many friends do you have?

The world’s worst traffic jam occurs during the summer on the road from Paris to Toulouse, France. The year 2000 record of a traffic jam 604km long was well beaten in 2001 when holiday makers jammed up for 661km. That would give one ample time to call your friends – providing you stay within the law and do it on a handsfree set, of course.

How many friends would you call? Maximum 150. Why? Research by Robin Dunbar, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University, shows that throughout history the human brain can only handle about 150 friends. More than that and the relationships might be less meaningful. This fact is known as the Dunbar Number.

The number could be of particular interest if you’re from Argentina or Hong Kong. According to a Plaxo®, Inc., creator of the smart address book, an Argentinian has on average 479 contacts in his/her address book. In August 2006, Plaxo released their Connected Index which ranks the level of connectedness between people, country by country, based on the average number of contacts in their Plaxo smart address book. The most connected peoples are –

1. Argentina

2. Hong Kong

3. Austria

4. South Korea

5. Italy

6. Venezuela

7. Germany

8. Switzerland

9. Brazil

10. Czech Republic

11. Chile

20. United Kingdom

29. United States

479

390

384

369

367

366

364

362

361

358

357

319

293

Oops! Feeling slightly left out? Get a new job – make new friends.

02/05/2010. Category: trivia. Tags: .

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