Toward curation and personality-driven social networks

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Whether or not social networks are significantly changing due to emergent technologies continues to be contested by researchers. Our understanding may advance by clarifying the cognitive mechanisms through which people curate their connections, along with the accompanying role of personality in shaping networks in the future.

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Fig. 1: How curation might influence the distribution of network size.
Fig. 2: Impact of increasing curation on network size by personality type.


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Bayer, J.B., Hofstra, B. Toward curation and personality-driven social networks. Nat Hum Behav (2019) doi:10.1038/s41562-019-0751-y

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