Real friendship is at a premium in Facebook era
In the modern world of virtual networking, we have become increasingly isolated, writes Julia Molony
In an age when people tally up and compare their number of friends on Facebook, there is more of a premium on popularity now than ever before.
Even geeks must be popular these days, as the example of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and iconic uber-nerd, plainly proves. He's doesn't exactly have a reputation for being the most affable chap, as anyone who has seen The Social Network will know. But that hasn't stopped him busily collecting over nine million virtual mates.
In his case, they aren't strictly mates, of course. Officially, they are subscribers to his page. But even so, that still counts collectively as a hell of a lot more female (and male) attention than he could have hoped for in those Harvard days of romantic ineptitude.