[Air-l] disjunction

Ellis Godard egodard at csun.edu
Thu Sep 7 21:13:51 PDT 2006

The conceptual answer: They don't discuss important matters with their
Facebook friends. They may reveal important information, but the discussion
(if both are called that) is different.

The operational answer: 200 "friends" on Facebook is a status indicator
because it's atypical. Most Facebook participants have far fewer, and most
Americans aren't on Facebook.


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> The US General Social Survey claims the average American has 
> slightly more than 2 people they discuss important matters with.
> Our Connected Lives and Pew Strength of Ties studies show 
> somewhat higher numbers (see Hogan, Carrasco & Wellman on our 
> website). But still reckoned by the dozen (or two).
> When the inevitable reporter calls, how do I reconcile these 
> numbers with the 100-200 or so that folks on this list are 
> saying are Facebook "friends".
> Does anyone have a distribution of the # of friends per 
> Facebook account: mean, median, mode, quartiles, ranges would 
> be nice too.
>  Barry  
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