Cohesion of Groups

Cohesion of Groups

An idea occurred to me about group formation and what makes group last longer. Grouping is a natural tendency. We see it in fish schools, in ants and bees and birds with members exceeding tens of thousands. We see it in clusters of grapes and even in hairs coming out of dandelion seeds, but with groups of hair fixed around one hundred. Why not in thousands? This prompted me to search this tendency to grouping in more detail.

Groups in Nature

Some male birds group in thousand and dance to lure the females. It is the need to produce and survive that makes the birds perform the dance so that the females maybe attracted to the fittest among them.

Fish do the same as they perform mating dance. Bees do waggle dance to communicate to the thousands of their mates about a potential new hive location or a new-found source of food. Again, the bees have a purpose to group for it serves the interests of all members to find a rich food source. It is the trust of information that counts.

Birds gather in thousands in cold weather and keep abreast of each other so that they warm each other. This helps the birds survive the very cold weather. The birds also gather in large numbers because collectively they have less risk being attacked by predators. Survival is a key factor again. The birds also flight in thousands following simple rules so that they may not collide with each other. They benefit from lessening the effort to fly. Again, the interest of staying within the group is safer than flying alone. No wonder very few birds, if any, defects.

A dark flock of dunlins dashes straight over a wetland—until a merlin appears and they all turn at the same moment, flashing their bright white under parts and rearranging their group into an hourglass shape with shocking swiftness. This way they confuse the predators. It is the flashing of thousands of them that make each individual feel safe. 

Pondering on the previous examples shows the big motivation factors that make groups last in nature. The trust parameter is high among individuals because each one knows that it serves self-interest to be honest and communicate trustful information. The shared need of survival is the glue that sticks them together.

Cohesion of Human Groups

Human socialize, but short sight and lack of genuine trust to glue members together make social groups fragile. We see how social group change rapidly and collapse like a bubble. The cohesion of social media friends is weak and falls apart easily because of varying self-interests. Just ask your how many of your recent contacts on social media disappeared. Social media weakens the bonding of people and increases suspicions of parties. It is the new gravitational force that overcomes the cohesion force among people.

Dandelions provide a great lesson of compromise. The seeds have a bunch of hair coming out in numbers around one hundred. Why not thousands? The reason is that they seek compromise while carried by the wind between the need to keep their stability with the simultaneity to reduce the air drag. Mathematicians have calculated the that the way to do it is for each seed to have one hundred hairs acting like a parachute. This is an amazing finding as the dandelions figured this out long times ago and without having access to computers.

Jerry Fletcher wrote a comment recently on a post by Mohammed Abdul Jawad titled “Differences, Dogmas and Delusions”. In his comment, Jerry wrote “Mohammed, the mark of a leader is that he or she is not concerned with having followers but in helping others lead. That, in large measure, is based on trust which goes both directions. And so it goes”. I concur fully with Jerry as nature tells us it is all about trust.

#48 @Preston 🐝 Vander Ven

Great analogy and explains the value of trust as a binding and incentive factor to expand the value of a group. I refer @Fay Vietmeier to your lovely comment.

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Preston 🐝 Vander Ven Mar 2, 2020 · #48

Groups create trust that sometimes people need. We are each like a thread. When bound with others and twisted or braided together we become bigger in a group creating a rope. We are now a larger and stronger form. I feel the leader sometimes helps decides what this rope can be used for.

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#46 I totally agree with you my thoughtful friend @Roberto De la Cruz Utria. Egoism and self-interest are strong motivators for people and self-interest overrides. This is the challenge for leaders to communicate the glue (purpose) and make it more appealing than self-driving factors. When the cost of deviation exceed the cost or benefits from conforming then we may offset self factors. This is a huge challenge.
When people in thousands attend a soccer match the supporters of the favored team have a common purpose- to make their team win, They create waves of support for their favored team and all seem to work as many in one. Imagine if the purpose was of higher value.

I thank you my friend for the compliment and I am elevated by your kind words.

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Roberto De la Cruz Utria Feb 24, 2020 · #46

My friend @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, first of all I think we should congratulate you for maintaining your leading brand in this social network.

Actually, I think that regardless of whether the groups focus on a correct direction and orientation, there would always be individuals with interests and needs different from those of the collective, and therefore there would be the possibility of the emergence of dissatisfactions or individual priorities that could weaken to the group, such are the cases in organizations, where people always have expectations of improvements, also in clubs or meeting places, we could even refer to the societies seen as groups, where individuals look for some type of change, promoting migrations , either between cities, towns or nations.

In the case of social networks, we know the high number of these, available in cyberspace, which group a great diversity of users with also very diverse profiles, and with changing trends, so it seems inevitable that fluctuation in the cohesion of groups that are formed in these networks.

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@Fay Vietmeier

Haggling and Waggling- what purpose each one serves? Are our societies haggling or waggling?

You wrote my spiritual leader "buzz behind". Well, you make me remember my post on Reverse Leadership . In this post I highlighted the greatness of leaders who opt to lead from behind.

Fay Vietmeier Feb 20, 2020 · #44

#39 @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
I just buzz behind the "best of bees"
Such a one as thee my dear Professor Ali ;~)
No more haggling ... just waggling ;~)

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Victor Alston Feb 20, 2020 · #42

stunning imagery

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