Popular, you’re [not] gonna be pop-​​yoo-​​oo-​​lar

John Allen Poulos asks, “Are your friends more pop­u­lar than you are?” Probably:

There doesn’t seem to be any obvi­ous rea­son to sup­pose this is true, but it prob­a­bly is. We are all more likely to become friends with some­one who has a lot of friends than we are to befriend some­one with few friends. It’s not that we avoid those with few friends; rather it’s more prob­a­ble that we will be among a pop­u­lar person’s friends sim­ply because he or she has a larger num­ber of them.

The rest is here. H/​t Paul Hsieh.