Friendshipable

34: Myths of modern friendship

March 25, 2022 Terri + Manya Season 2 Episode 12
Friendshipable
34: Myths of modern friendship
Show Notes

From Project BFF HQ, Terri + Manya riff about friendships in our current times.

There is a fear that friendships have changed, thanks to social media and our always-on culture. Is that really true? With Facebook choosing the word "friend" to mean our connections on the site, does that diminish the value of the word? Does online interaction with a friend have any impact on our relationship in real life?

There have been fears about technology impacting our relationships all through recorded history, including fear in the early 20th century that landline telephones were going to ruin social interaction.

We also discuss the Dunbar number and what are the limits on the number of friends we can have.


Resources we discuss:
The myths and reality of modern friendship, by Rebecca Roache
Why the Digital Age Is Not Destroying Friendship, by Lydia Denworth, author of Friendship

Read our interview with Lydia on Project BFF.

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