Away from Facebook and Twitter most adults have 'only two close friends'
Published 10/11/2011 | 10:30
MOST adults have only two people they consider to be close friends, a new study has claimed, despite the increasing popularity of social-networking sites.
Matthew Brashears, an assistant professor at Cornell University, asked 2,000 adults to name the people they had “discussed important matters” with in the past six months.
Twenty-nine per cent of the test group named more than two people, 18pc listed two and 48pc listed only one person. Four per cent said they had not shared important personal details with anyone.
The average number was 2.03.
Women and those with a higher level of education had the least friends.
The figure is less than a similar study 25 years ago, which found that most adults have three people they consider close friends.
In an age where many spend several hours a day on social-networking sites, the findings of the study may come as a surprise.
Many online users have hundreds of “friends” or “followers” on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The average number of Facebook friends is 130, according to the social-networking site, although many have thousands of associates online.
But researchers also suggested that the drop may not be a cause for alarm, saying the number of confidantes could have fallen because people have become more selective about who they trust.