Also at yesterday’s meeting there was a great graph of high school friendships. It’s a directed graph, with a node for every student and an edge from each student to whomever they said were their friends. I have no idea what the colors mean (possibly cliques, but it seems like there are too few).
At any rate, the thing we discussed over lunch was the scattering of friendless students and the couple of students (e.g. the one in the upper left) who claim to be friendless but have at least one person claim them as a friend. I felt that those individuals who had friends but didn’t realize it were the saddest, though my lunch companions disagreed.
Either way, it certainly captures something about high school. I spent quite a while looking for the image (I finally found it in Mark Newman’s Galley of Network Images, of course) so enjoy.
Image From: James Moody, Race, school integration, and friendship segregation in America, American Journal of Sociology 107, 679-716 (2001).