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Limited communication capacity unveils strategies for human interaction

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, June 2013
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
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1 news outlet
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36 tweeters
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3 Facebook pages
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3 Google+ users

Citations

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Title
Limited communication capacity unveils strategies for human interaction
Published in
Scientific Reports, June 2013
DOI 10.1038/srep01950
Pubmed ID
Authors

Giovanna Miritello, Rubén Lara, Manuel Cebrian, Esteban Moro

Abstract

Connectivity is the key process that characterizes the structural and functional properties of social networks. However, the bursty activity of dyadic interactions may hinder the discrimination of inactive ties from large interevent times in active ones. We develop a principled method to detect tie de-activation and apply it to a large longitudinal, cross-sectional communication dataset (≈19 months, ≈20 million people). Contrary to the perception of ever-growing connectivity, we observe that individuals exhibit a finite communication capacity, which limits the number of ties they can maintain active in time. On average men display higher capacity than women, and this capacity decreases for both genders over their lifespan. Separating communication capacity from activity reveals a diverse range of tie activation strategies, from stable to exploratory. This allows us to draw novel relationships between individual strategies for human interaction and the evolution of social networks at global scale.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 6 6%
Spain 3 3%
Italy 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
Australia 2 2%
United Kingdom 1 1%
Mexico 1 1%
Switzerland 1 1%
Japan 1 1%
Other 3 3%
Unknown 77 78%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 28 28%
Researcher 19 19%
Student > Master 12 12%
Professor > Associate Professor 9 9%
Professor 7 7%
Other 24 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Computer Science 31 31%
Physics and Astronomy 20 20%
Social Sciences 9 9%
Unspecified 8 8%
Mathematics 7 7%
Other 24 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 37. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 August 2016.
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#395,712
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Outputs from Scientific Reports
#4,446
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#5,211
of 147,417 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Scientific Reports
#4
of 117 outputs
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