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Cultural Symptoms: ‘BFF?’

Scientific American has an article titled “BFF?: Cell Phone Study Shows Evolving Lifetime Relationships in Men and Women.” Here is an excerpt:

An analysis of 1.95 billion cell phone calls and 489 million text messages reveal how men and women follow different relationship patterns during their lifetimes. The researchers argue that women’s friendships in particular drive the process of finding a mate and supporting the next generation.

The data could also undermine traditional notions about how humans like to organize themselves. “There has been a view in anthropology that the ancestral state for humans is a form of patriarchy, and I’m not sure that that’s true,” says University of Oxford anthropologist Robin Dunbar, an author of the study published April 19 by Nature Scientific Reports.

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