I don’t really see the appeal of Twitter – perhaps because I don’t really understand how it works – but occasionally friends send me links to ‘trending topics’.
Yesterday, I got a link to #whatsyourgeekconfession and found this at the top:
I’m surprised that I don’t seem to have mentioned Dunbar’s number here on the blog. The Wikipedia page says Dunbar’s Number is:
suggested to be a theoretical cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships.
No precise value has been proposed for Dunbar’s number. It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 230, with a commonly used value of 150.
So who wouldn’t have more books than friends?
Reading further on the Twitter page, I didn’t really think that many of the ‘confessions’ had much to do with geekdom. There again, I might be confusing ‘geek’ with ‘nerd’
I probably have more dictionaries than friends – I don’t think this makes me a language geek – but I think most of them are too old to include either term, so perhaps I should just send you over to XKCD for some thoughts on the distinction between geeks and nerds.
Alternatively – or additionally – I could quote Groucho Marx on books and friends:
Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.