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Women favour dyadic relationships, but men prefer clubs: cross-cultural evidence from social networking

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Women favour dyadic relationships, but men prefer clubs : cross-cultural evidence from social networking. / David-Barrett, Tamas; Rotkirch, Anna; Carney, James; Izquierdo, Isabel Behncke; Krems, Jaimie A.; Townley, Dylan; McDaniell, Elinor; Byrne-Smith, Anna; Dunbar, Robin I M.

In: PLoS ONE, Vol. 10, No. 3, e0118329, 16.03.2015.

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David-Barrett, T, Rotkirch, A, Carney, J, Izquierdo, IB, Krems, JA, Townley, D, McDaniell, E, Byrne-Smith, A & Dunbar, RIM 2015, 'Women favour dyadic relationships, but men prefer clubs: cross-cultural evidence from social networking', PLoS ONE, vol. 10, no. 3, e0118329. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0118329

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David-Barrett, T., Rotkirch, A., Carney, J., Izquierdo, I. B., Krems, J. A., Townley, D., McDaniell, E., Byrne-Smith, A., & Dunbar, R. I. M. (2015). Women favour dyadic relationships, but men prefer clubs: cross-cultural evidence from social networking. PLoS ONE, 10(3), [e0118329]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0118329

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David-Barrett T, Rotkirch A, Carney J, Izquierdo IB, Krems JA, Townley D et al. Women favour dyadic relationships, but men prefer clubs: cross-cultural evidence from social networking. PLoS ONE. 2015 Mar 16;10(3). e0118329. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0118329

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David-Barrett, Tamas ; Rotkirch, Anna ; Carney, James ; Izquierdo, Isabel Behncke ; Krems, Jaimie A. ; Townley, Dylan ; McDaniell, Elinor ; Byrne-Smith, Anna ; Dunbar, Robin I M. / Women favour dyadic relationships, but men prefer clubs : cross-cultural evidence from social networking. In: PLoS ONE. 2015 ; Vol. 10, No. 3.

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abstract = "The ability to create lasting, trust-based friendships makes it possible for humans to form large and coherent groups. The recent literature on the evolution of sociality and on the net- work dynamics of human societies suggests that large human groups have a layered struc- ture generated by emotionally supported social relationships. There are also gender differences in adult social style which may involve different trade-offs between the quantity and quality of friendships. Although many have suggested that females tend to focus on inti- mate relations with a few other females, while males build larger, more hierarchical coali- tions, the existence of such gender differences is disputed and data from adults is scarce. Here, we present cross-cultural evidence for gender differences in the preference for close friendships. We use a sample of *112,000 profile pictures from nine world regions posted on a popular social networking site to show that, in self-selected displays of social relation- ships, women favour dyadic relations, whereas men favour larger, all-male cliques. These apparently different solutions to quality-quantity trade-offs suggest a universal and funda- mental difference in the function of close friendships for the two sexes.",
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