Facebook: 5000 Friends; Real Life: 2.03
We may feel good about having so many Facebook friends, but that has little relation to real-life friendships.
That’s the conclusion made by Matthew Brashears, a Cornell University sociologist who surveyed more than 2,000 adults from a national database and found that from 1985 to 2010, the number of truly close friends people cited has dropped — even though we’re socializing as much as ever.
On average, participants listed 2.03 close friends in Brashears’ survey. That number was down from about three in a 1985 study.Click here for reuse options!
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