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Better start making some excuses because science has revealed that the human brain is only capable of being besties with up to five peeps. A report by MIT Technology Review has studied human relationships and found that Tay's Girl Squad may need a rework...

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It all started in the 90s when anthropologist Robin Dunbar realised there was a direct correlation between a primate's brain size and how big their social groups were. Bigger brain equaled bigger social group. This made him realised that there is actually a LIMIT to how many mates you can have due to the size of our neocortex (which is a subjection of our celebral cortex). It concluded that the upper limit is: five best friends, ten close friends, 35 acquaintances and 100 additional contacts.

Think he's wrong? Well he tested it! Robin looked at 6 billion phone calls made by 35 million people in an unnamed European country and the results showed that individuals spoke to between 4.1 and 5 people most often. The rest are kinda just... there.

 


The MIT Technology Review commented: "The team assumes that the frequency of calls between two individuals is a measure of the strength of their relationship. The average cumulative layer turns out to hold 4.1, 11.0, 29.8, and 128.9 users." These numbers represent the previously mentioned pyramid structure of  BFFs, close friends, acquaintances and 'contacts'.​

Crazy right?! Dos this ring true for you or do you have way more besties? 

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