1.8 Loose connections
Having made mention of Dunbar’s numbers this activity introduces them more fully.
Activity 2 Numbers
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The implication of Dunbar research is often that face-to-face connections are more ‘real’ or meaningful in some sense. Increasingly scholars are finding meaningful connections online, particularly if they are working alone in a subject within their own institution. A good example of this is the Virtually Connecting group that have arranged for virtual participation in conferences (and hangouts) allowing people who may be excluded from participating to feel part of the event. You can get a feel for this type of community by looking at some of their videos on.