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how many facebook friends can you haveThe Internet has not only made the world a much smaller place, bringing us all together under one unifying cloud, it’s also changed the idea of friendship. What would once have been nothing but acquaintances are now listed as “friends” on social networks around the Web, and on Facebook in particular.

For this week’s MakeUseOf poll, Yaara is asking whether social media is taking over your life. Go and vote now Is Social Media Taking Over Your Life? [MakeUseOf Poll] Is Social Media Taking Over Your Life? [MakeUseOf Poll] Social media has been around for several years now, and already it feels like it’s been around forever. With huge social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, almost everyone is taking part in... Read More , you know you want to. Meanwhile, a few days ago Mark posted an infographic about Facebookalitis (or Internet Addiction Disorder to give the condition its full title). To put it bluntly, social media is taking over the lives of many people, and it’s time to find out whether you’re one of those people.

This Week’s Question…

How Many Facebook Friends Do You Have?

how many facebook friends can you have

This is all about Facebook, though I’m sure we’ll take an in-depth look at other social networks in time. Whether you love it, hate it, or just mildly appreciate it, Facebook is the daddy of them all. With over 1 billion users (most real, some fake 83 Million Fake Facebook User Accounts Under The Scanner [Updates] 83 Million Fake Facebook User Accounts Under The Scanner [Updates] Maybe you have just one Facebook account. But there are people around the world who opened multiple Facebook accounts for the heck of it; or for some undefined purposes. Facebook is now paying attention because... Read More ), one-sixth of the world’s population is now on Facebook. But how many of that 1 billion plus are you friends with?

Please don’t just post a number. Instead, tell us a little about what your Facebook friends list comprises. Are they mostly family and real friends that you also know offline? Or is there a higher percentage of people on your Facebook friends list who you know exclusively online; people who you have never met in real life and probably wouldn’t recognize were you ever to do so?

I’ll start the ball rolling by revealing I have 80 Facebook friends at the present time. Of which around 70 percent are online buddies who I have befriended over the years of working on the InterWebs. I keep a close eye on my Facebook friends list and add and delete people as they come in and out of my life. Now it’s your turn…

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  1. Ryan Kelley
    November 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    1,403: I collect local FB friends with the idea that most of them like or have a bike. Then, I invite them to Bikes and Beerz parties. I run a bike shop out of my home called Standard Bike Repair.

  2. Ryan Kelley
    November 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm
  3. John
    November 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I'm 21 and have about 800 friends at the moment. I've moved around Europe a lot and also South America, so lots of them are people from schools, universities, churches, workplaces and then a few are family. I use it to keep up with people ad also as a sort of journal/diary - your Timeline is peppered with photos, events, people and allsorts of things, and looking back through it can bring back some great memories.
    I don't tend to accept requests from people I don't know beyond asking them why they sent me a friend request - for me it seems that lots of people from the Far East add me and start talking to me.. Strange!

  4. Aswin Kumar K P
    November 16, 2012 at 5:07 am

    I have around 750 friends.In thet I knew only about 300 of them online.

  5. Cyra Calkhoven
    November 16, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I have 163 friends. They are all real friends/co-workers/classmates etc.
    I dont accept invites of people i dont know.
    There is one acception: I do accept invites from other animal activists.

  6. Daniel Wells
    November 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I have 39 Facebook friends, most of whom are family, real friends, and acquaintances

  7. Nicole ?
    November 14, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I have 191 friends on facebook. Most are family and friends also people who I know at college. I had over 2000 friends on my previous account and deactivated over this. I just accepted anyone but began to realise that wasn't the best idea. I am now choosy with who I accept.

  8. Hannah
    November 14, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I'm 19, and I have 210 friends on facebook. About 90 or so are people from school. The rest are people I've met at university - for group assignments, that I'm not really friends with - or through mutual friends and uni who I actually do keep in touch with. There's also a few people I know from work, some friends, and some who I didn't want to decline or ignore (because it'd be awkward at work). Plus a few relatives.

    I'd say about 20% are close friends, 30% somewhere between being friends and acquaintances and the rest people I don't keep in touch with at all. I might smile at them and say hello if I see them somewhere, but that's about it.

    I only have about 3 people who I didn't recognise when I added them - and I did so because we had tons of mutual friends. They turned out to be people who went to my school, in the year below, or people who vaguely knew me.

  9. Douglas Mutay
    November 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    One day I looked at my friend list and found about 300 persons! I was shocked! I knew it was absolutely impossible to have that number of friend. So after a look at my friend list it appear to me that 80% were only people I was not really consider to be friend enough to share my daily life with on fb. Most of them were friend of friends and I found even people that I couldn’t even remember I was friend with. So I started clean all of them and only kept finally 46. These are people I really can call friend because we share something and thank to facebook because we can even specify what kind of relationship we have. My family is now at 40% in my list, 30% are mainly people I work with, 10% are people I pray with and the 20% remaining is people I have business with or just people that I have decided to keep because I might need them sometime ;-) But recently I have suspended my account and it doesn’t miss me because all the people that really matter for me are using gtalk and we’re sharing all that we use to share in Google+, so maybe soon I will completely close my fb account!

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      If you can't remember who someone is and how you know them it's probably good policy to delete them.

      How long do you think you'll keep your account suspended for before you finally delete it once and for all?

      • Douglas Mutay
        November 14, 2012 at 7:20 am

        Oh, I am not sure, I was thinking like a couple of week until my birthday pass (end of december). If all these people I have left in my friend list can remember my birthday without the help of fb, then I will really consider to reopen my account. If not, I think I will definitevely delete it :-)

  10. Anonymous
    November 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    285...I am 13 and like to have friends. They are all from various prats of my country as well as of the world. They actually are in my new school or the old one. The best part is that i constantly get to know of the ideas of different kinds of people around the globe. Even there are some strangers but that's cool enough because i love to make new friends. FB ain't not just for friends, it is also for making friends. Plus i can have a look at the girl i want coz she was in my old school where i spent less time...LMAO

  11. druv vb
    November 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I have 64 friends at the moment. 70 percent are people that I know, relatives, friend, some collegues. The rest are online friends that I communicate with. I usually add friends who I know. And even if I know someone, I've talked with them in person, doesn't mean I will add him or her to my friends list. Since most of the time, we share our personal information on Facebook, I prefer to add a friend only if I am okay with that person having access to my private information.
    And since my friends list is tiny, its real easy to keep contact with them, and it also limits my Facebook session time to 30 minutes.

  12. ana georgievska
    November 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

    286,mostreal, just one relative, maybe only few fake i hope

  13. Anonymous
    November 11, 2012 at 3:40 am

    I haven't met them all, but several are cousins by marriage. I may have about 30 friends, probably not much more. Others share my hobby.

  14. Saikat Basu
    November 10, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I picked this up in an opinion piece I wrote here last year - How Many Friends On Facebook Is Too Much? []

    Facebook's average Friendship number is at 120. Then their is the Dunbar Number which places a theoretical limit of 150 friends with whom you can maintain stable social relationships.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      That's interesting to know, Saikat. I don't think I could even cope with 150 friends, if I'm completely honest.

      • Saikat Basu
        November 12, 2012 at 1:58 am

        Nah! I don't think one can go beyond one's core group of friends. It makes sense to use lists and groups to better manage one's network.

  15. Genaro Gutierrez
    November 10, 2012 at 4:58 am

    I just use facebook only like a way to have contact with my family from Mexico, and then I'm very happy. I have tried to find someone friends, but I don't have any success.

  16. Suresh Volam
    November 10, 2012 at 4:34 am

    I have 5,000. Wish they remove the limit.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      How do you know 5,000 people?

      • Suresh Volam
        November 13, 2012 at 12:35 am

        Dave, I have Friends, Family, Acquaintances from different associations, Friends' Friends and lastly some people that I want to be friends.

        • Dave Parrack
          November 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm

          Wow, that's cool if you can cope with such a high number. I couldn't do so, personally.

  17. Kaashif Haja
    November 10, 2012 at 2:37 am

    334 friends.. :)
    39 random accepts!!

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      How have the random friend requests gone? Have any of them turned out to be freaks? Or have some become friends as a result?

      • Kaashif Haja
        November 13, 2012 at 12:38 am

        I previously had around 50 random accepts. 11 were freaks, i removed them. In the remaining 39, i've become friends with 2 of them. :)

        • Dave Parrack
          November 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm

          1 in 5 of them turned out to be freaks... that says a lot for the practise of adding strangers!

  18. Chris Taylor
    November 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I got only 30 and even that gives me so much junk from things they feel they must share I get but pictures of dogs not even theirs with a caption and even more post show up from what they did or want in Castalville wish i have never tried it but its so confusing changing one or two things it messes up a lot more. But i have to say hitting the "F" to sign in instead of typing is awesome. They are mostly 35% childhood friends and 55% family.

  19. Alex Perkins
    November 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    208, I personally know about 150 of them and the rest of them are friends of friends I met on nights out.

  20. salim benhouhou
    November 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    i have 160 friends

  21. Anonymous
    November 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    93. I will probably never break 100 and I'm perfectly fine with that. My primary use of FB is to remain connected with family, since we are scattered all across the country. It is also handy for keeping up with my friends since they are also pretty scattered. FB is much cheaper than phones and it is also useful for keeping up with the minutia of life.

    Most of my FB friends I have developed a relationship with in person before friending them. The only exception is co-workers. I work online with people located all over the country, so I've never actually met them face to face. I've recently been friending them as well. They go into a special list though so I can control what they see!

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      You should make it your mission to NOT break 100 ;)

      I add online colleagues as well, but I just let them see everything the same as family and real friends do. Perhaps that's an error of judgment on my part.

  22. Juan Carlos Espinosa Agudelo
    November 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm


    Looking at the list, I'd say that 6 are older classmates/childhood friends of mine, 15 are current classmates, 6 are acquaintances, 6 are also acquintances, but I got them from following online lessons at Coursera(from the study groups), 3 are actually secondary accounts of people and the rest is online friends which I'll probably never meet.

    I think I can safely say I'm an online introvert, sometimes? :D

  23. Paul Girardin
    November 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I am 56 and I have 10 friends (real ones) on Facebook.

    It's not the quantity that is important, it's the quality of friends!

    Acquaintances are for real life not Facebook.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Would you never consider someone you met online and got to know/got on with well a friend?

      • Paul Girardin
        November 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        I'm kind of old fashioned so I don't meet online much.

        New friends get known and have exchanges with me in real life and phone conversations first.

        • Dave Parrack
          November 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

          You're certainly not alone on that score. I know several people who could never consider someone met online as anything even approaching a true friend.

  24. Vipul Jain
    November 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    The number is 289.
    Haven't added anyone just to increase the number.
    I add people only if, I have firstly talked to them anywhere or I know the person from somewhere.
    Still among the 289 I frequently interact with merely 20-30 people because no matter how big your friend list is, your friend circle is all that you actually care about.
    And these 20-30 people are not just my real life day to day meet up friends, they include people whom i met online and just got along well!

  25. Yudono Ra
    November 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    i used to have aproximally 700+ friends, but i learnt to cut back some of them (only the one i knew, school friends, distant family, family, online gaming friends)

    now i only have a (manageable) 300+ friends (30% are gaming friends, 50% school, 20% people i know, the rest are just my hangout friends)

  26. Pwince Khan
    November 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    i have 93 friends and most of them are my close friends and cousins...99% of them are known to me!

  27. Michael Greene
    November 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I don't have a facebook

  28. Anonymous
    November 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Currently, I have 204 friends. Most of them - if not the big majority - are friends; some are family and I have a residual amount of 'friends' I could place in the 'Others' list. However, I can honestly say I have nobody on my list that I don't know -- therefore, if they're on my list, it's because I've had the pleasure of interacting with them at one point or another throughout my life.

    I find it hard to grasp the idea of someone having 500 friends -- not to mention those in the thousands. I start asking myself: how do you control eventual repercussions your actions on the network might have when you have no control over your audience? Let's be honest, with hundreds and hundreds of 'friends', either you're smart enough to use lists and filter your contents, or your exposing yourself to more people than you should.

    I like to think of Facebook as a place where I can share ideas, jokes, links, pictures, videos (or something else) with people that have actually care about me.

    Once in a while I'll go through my list and cut off contacts that simply shouldn't be there. I think that's something everyone should be doing.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      I must admit I don't think I could cope with having more than a couple of hundred friends, but I guess the people with over 1,000 simply switch mentality.

  29. Susan Bradford
    November 9, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I have 117 people on my friends list. Most are my family, then friends from school and last, work associates or people through work. I have 2 people that I do not know personally. I started this to keep in touch with family. I have then decided people I interact with on some bases and old school friends to keep in touch. My kids are over 500 easy. I also don't offer out there I have facebook.

  30. Adam Campbell
    November 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Don't have a facebook, and I am 16

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Is Facebook considered too old-school? Are you on Twitter or another social network instead?

      • Adam Campbell
        November 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

        Am on twitter, primarily to be able to be able to have a membership on this and other sites. On twitter I have just one follower, which is some random tech site i guess, I haven't the foggiest who they are.

        No, FB is still "in" but I don't have time.

        • Dave Parrack
          November 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

          I'm glad to hear FB is still considered relevant to youngsters. It's still my favorite social networking site despite its missteps.

  31. Andrea Bonini
    November 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    too much :D 314... but about 80% are REAL friends... and the other are only people that i follow for news or something like

  32. Anonymous
    November 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I have 140 friends: 116 I know in person; 9 I've talked to, but never met in person; 13 I only play games with; and 2 have died but their accounts have not been removed.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      It's difficult when a Facebook friend dies. Unless someone close memorializes the page it's disconcerting to see it still active.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      November 10, 2012 at 3:18 am

      The positive perspective to see it in a way is, that they still live on in some form. My condolences.

  33. LD
    November 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm


    No facebook account. Basically the only social media site I don't have an account for.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Is there a particular reason for that?

      • LD
        November 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

        Anonymity. I did my best to remain anonymous on the internet for as long as possible. I had only nicknames for all my accounts, and googling my real name returned literally 0 results (I have a unique name). Then after buying a house and getting married there was enough public record out there that I couldn't avoid having an internet presence. I've since created accounts for Twitter, Linkedin, and Google+, but never created a Facebook account. I guess i still want to keep my opinions anonymous.

        • Dave Parrack
          November 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

          That's true, on Facebook you're meant to be yourself, but the others let you retain your anonymity a lot better.

  34. Miguel C
    November 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    765 in one account and 60 in my personal account only for close friends and family

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      That's a good idea, one account for people you care about, another for randomers.

  35. Arron Walker
    November 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    196, I've cut down on quite a few people recently. About 30 of those are people I speak to on a regular basis, 70 or so are just people I know from school or around... after I've left sixth form for 5 years, I'll probably delete a bunch of people. Right now, I'd feel rude, though I can't really place way.
    According to QI, the maximum amount of "friends" you can really have is 150. That is, people who matter. Honestly I think that's quite a generous estimate, but it's interesting nethertheless. Just googled it, it's called Dunbar's Number,'s_number.

  36. Collin Hoffman
    November 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    118, and that's more than I would like. I have a friend who, when he gets up to 60 friends, deletes 10 of them so he's back down to 50.

  37. Kiki
    November 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    None ... Facebook is such a timesuck.
    Prefer to actually talk to friends

    • Dave Parrack
      November 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      I find actually talking to friends much more of a timesuck ;)

  38. memsuli
    November 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    87, only people I know in real life at least somewhat. Mostly schoolmates and less than 10 relatives, though there are also some people I only know from my summer jobs. I'd estimate (because I'm not sure where to find detailed info of the different lists anymore) that about half of the people on the friends list are allowed to see all my status updates, the other half only gets less personal or very important (positive) ones. Not that I post that many status updates, anyway.

  39. Rajaa Chowdhury
    November 9, 2012 at 11:34 am

    A few months back, my Facebook Friends count was almost touching 700, and coupled with almost 250 like pages and subscriptions, Facebook for me was almost resembling Rudyard Kipling's Junglebook. :P So one day I decided that sanity need be restored, and start and un-friending the so called acquaintances. I guess the count of friends came down from 689 in the morning to 36 in the by the evening. Also another day, I did a similar exercise with Like Pages. Today my Friends count stand at 44 including my relatives and my Like pages stand to 6 out of which one is MakeUseOf page. Has of be a very special page to withstand the onslaught. Sanity restored!!! :P

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      From 689 to 36 in the space of a day? Now that's what I call a spring cleaning. Has your Facebook experience improved as a result?

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        November 10, 2012 at 3:12 am

        Absolutely!!! As already mentioned, sanity restored. it is manageable now, and I know that now when I login, I get to see stuffs which are much more meaninful to me.

        • Dave Parrack
          November 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

          That's always good... not having to read through meaningless updates in order to find the stuff you're actually interested in.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Wow. How did you keep your sanity when doing that?

      • Rajaa Chowdhury
        November 10, 2012 at 3:16 am

        That is a good question, I agree. :D Was pretty difficult, believe me. By the end of the day, I was literally feeling woozy. :P

  40. Somaiya Ebrahim
    November 9, 2012 at 11:24 am

    i have 169..

  41. BestGeeK
    November 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

    1099. Around 250-300 my friends, 100-120 colleagues, 50-80 families, 500 my college juniors (it's kinda rule to be connected with them in case they need any help), and the rest are *friends* from other forums, and social networks.
    Too many I agree.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Actually when I sum them up, the number of your 'friends of friends' is trivial compared to real people you know. It's a bit terrifying that you have to keep in touch with 500 juniors, but a nice plicy regardless.

      • BestGeeK
        November 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        Kinda college rule. We all keep in touch, even though we never met personally. I really never met with more than 60% of them. But keeping in contact helps me to solve their problems or get their help.
        College clan you see :P

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          November 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm

          60% is many. Honestly, I only know about 35% or so of my juniors.

        • BestGeeK
          November 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

          That's what I said. I really never met more than 60% of them.

  42. Bishal Mahat
    November 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

    529. from which many of them are my school mates and some of them are my reletives

  43. Anonymous
    November 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I have 324 facebook-friends. I know all of them in real-life. Most of them I see at least once a month. Probably because of school, but still...

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      A clean sweep - you know everybody on your Facebook in real life. That looks to be a rarity judging by the other comments.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Impressive. How many hours did you need? Your account must be so pristine.

  44. Anandu B Ajith
    November 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Only 56 Just My School Mates

  45. Alex B
    November 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I have 111 friends. around 15-20 are old school buddies, about 20-25 are family and family friends. The rest are friends and friends of friends

  46. Marc Carrion
    November 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I have 344 friends. I only actually need like 20 or 30 of them. About a 50 of them I talk to but generally if they talk to me first. The rest I either never really talked to (I also will accept anyone's friend if I have something significant in common with them i.e. same college, high school, or hometown) or used to talk to but fell out of touch with and never really minded that it happened. Now that I think about it I should probably clean up my friends list.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      A good spring clean is always therapeutic, no matter what the context.

  47. Anonymous
    November 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

    ahh I have just 60!

    • Anonymous
      November 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

      most of them are from the high school and others are relatives!

  48. Jonathan Rodgers
    November 9, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I have 273 friends after deleting half of my friend list because the were ex gf's or friends of ex girlfriends that my wife rather me not have after our marriage. Of the 273 friends, one quarter is family (about 70 people) almost 180 people are from high school and the remainder are just people that i met on facebook who share my views. Of all the friends i have on facebook. I communicate with about 20 on a regular basis( meaning at least ounce a month)

  49. Alan Wade
    November 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I have less than 50. As I live inSweden its a good way to keep contact with my family and friends back in England. This amounts to about 30 of the 50, the rest is family and friends here in Sweden. I wont add people that I dont know as friends just so they can increase their friends number, to me thats not only pointless but it fills my page with posts from people who I dont know.
    I only visit FB if I get an email notification informing me of a private message as I dont have any interest in the usual posts about 'Going to the bathroom' or 'Washing the dog' etc.
    Dont mis-understand me, I'm not anti-sociable but dont have the time for the silly posts.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      "Dont mis-understand me, I’m not anti-sociable but dont have the time for the silly posts."Exactly. There's a fine line between keeping in touch and telling the world what's passing in your mind every second.

  50. Thea
    November 9, 2012 at 7:15 am

    I currently have 516. Most of the people I'm friends with are people I also know in real life. Around 70% of them are people I went to school with, 20% people I work/worked with, and the remaining are family and relatives, or people I knew one way another through a group or club or by acquaintances.

  51. Malkhaz Abuladze
    November 9, 2012 at 6:43 am

    not so many, just about 300 friends

  52. jurgen roumans
    November 9, 2012 at 6:29 am


    sinds i used t be a event/party photographer 70 % of them are real sadly only a small amount of people is family (less that 10 person on facebook) most of them are there for my pictures or and have become friend's and 70% of that amount of people i know in real life

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      You know 70% of your 1791 Facebook friends online. How the hell do you have the time for that?

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        November 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

        Not every people update their status every five minutes or so. Maybe that's why I'm reluctant to jump in social media bandwagon. Being a highschooler I'd get notifications every single second because my friends just love to report to the world everything they're thinking.

  53. Márcio Guerra
    November 9, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I've took a look at my friends the other day, 681 now, and only, 100 I could exactly say that I didn't knew personally... Ok, some in more extent, some less, but even those I've "don't know" speak to me several days a week, either in groups, either our Walls... And lots of them form hometown and school all over the years... I've met a lot of people in school... Back when there was no Facebook... Nor Twitter... Nor Hi5 or similar stuff... I'm proud to know lots of the people I have in my friends! And over 50% are more than just acquaintances...

    Cheers from Portugal!

    Márcio Guerra

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      That sounds nice. You have a pretty good social life. Having a lot of friends are great when they're 'real'. Many people just throw strangers into their friend list.

      • Márcio Guerra
        November 10, 2012 at 1:10 am

        Well, my numbers might be slightly different from when I did those percentages, however I must say that, with time, it is obvious for me that my network needs to grow. I tend to discuss two things a lot, football (soccer, if you're from USA) and politics. So, I ask to join, or I'm added by friends, to groups with same sports or political views. Therefore, after a while, we start to engage several conversations and start to feel that we know that person. One thing I don't add, most certainly, is "fake" people. I mean, either I know from that group, or I know that it is a real person, otherwise I feel it is very difficult for me to accept it (her/him). And even then, people I know, people that are real, I don't add, ehehehe! Then, for instance, one group I belong to, for Sport Lisboa e Benfica fans, despite we are from several places in Portugal, and Europe one or two, I do physical meetings, and I was able to meet in person several members of that group, that also became personal friends...
        Games and stuff, no, thank you. If I want to play, it will be off Facebook.


        Márcio Guerra

        P.s.- I like Plus I have an account (I blog a little), I like it better than FB, but it still is mostly an empty apartment and only now some friends start to have their profiles there... When I feel that I can close my FB accout, I will!

  54. Donna Jones
    November 9, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I have 613 friends, most of them I know from school, community, work, and real life groups I belong to. I would say that about 10% are friends of friends. And of course, a few random Farmville neighbours. :)

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Is Farmville still going? I'm so glad I don't get those random notifications about it any more.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        November 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        It's still going, as well as hundreds of Farmville wannabes and other 'social' games.

        • Dave Parrack
          November 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

          Ah, cool. I quit Angry Birds, Scrabble, and Zynga Poker to dedicate more time to writing!

  55. Anestis Kozakis
    November 9, 2012 at 5:27 am

    I have 160 friends. 1 is a family member (my younger brother).
    Of the rest, probably 30% are close friends, 30% are people I know locally (in my state or country and have known in various stages of my life), and the other 40% are friends I have made over the internet.
    Of those 40%, some are authors, artists, musicians.
    I am very picky about who I add to my friends lists.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Why only one family member? Are the rest of your family immune to FB? That's neat.
      I agree, dunno why people like to brag about thousands of friends consisting of random strangers.

  56. Anonymous
    November 9, 2012 at 5:21 am

    of my 263 Facebook contacts, 194 are actual friends know, ie face to face contact now or in the past. that is probably in the high 70's%
    Most others are related to the Burnley FC, the football team I support and motorbikes.
    Living abroad may be a reason for the high number of "friends" that I know rather than just contacts, Facebook in an excellent to keep in touch and abreast of happenings at a distance.

  57. Rene R.
    November 9, 2012 at 5:13 am


    I quit Facebook 9 months ago, as I got sick and tired of their antics of continously changing settings, privacy issues and untransparant manner of communication.

    I'm still on G+ and Twitter, but Facebook? Hell no!

    Got to say that contact with some friends (most live 1000 km away) has greatly diminished. Really feels like emotional Blackmail, but as of now, I'm keeping it up.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Hmm, I'm not sure I could ever quit it completely. Log in less often, sure, but quitting completely would be hard.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        November 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

        Same here. 0.
        I don't use Facebook, or Twitter, or any social media. I recently joined Google+ when my friend added me to his circle but I don't plan to use it actually.
        I manage one or two group accounts though, so I pretty much know how stressful and time-wasting it is to maintain an account.
        If I absolutely need one myself, maybe it'd be around 300, comprising of online friends, actual friends from elementary and middle school (same people, because it's under the same institution) then high school. I can never understand why people 'friend' every random stranger just to hit a good mark (high schoolers especially think they're cool if they have thousands of 'friends'). Beside, I'd never accept friend request from people I don't know.

  58. Anonymous
    November 9, 2012 at 5:09 am

    I have 740 friends. Most of them are from my current college. There are seniors, juniors and of course my year-mates. True, I hardly know most of them personally, but at least I can remember their name when I see them in college. Again there are friends from my old school, my old college and some chat friends from foreign countries including my cyber girlfriend from US !!! I live in India...LOL...

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      A cyber girlfriend! Any plans to meet up with her?

      • Souvik Chandra
        November 10, 2012 at 6:42 am

        Yeah, why not, only if I get a good opportunity. It's not easy here to go US whenever you want. It costs lots of money. I am quite jobless and my girlfriend works at McDonald's. But she is willing to wait... :) I don't know how it's gonna work, but we're enjoying our relation for least I' :)

        • Dave Parrack
          November 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

          Hey, enjoy it for what it is :)

      • Souvik Chandra
        November 10, 2012 at 6:46 am

        After reading this post I went to delete some friends whom I dont know at all..I found 10-20% of all the profiles have been deactivated, again I couldn't remember another 10-20% at all...So I am deleting them...

        • Dave Parrack
          November 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

          They were likely either duplicate or fake accounts. Or a hell of a lot of people have begun departing Facebook.

  59. Félix S. De Jesús
    November 9, 2012 at 4:34 am

    I'm 26, with 105 friends that I really know... Most of the people have thousands of friends, but they aren't really friends, instead Fillings.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 4:54 am

      I don't know how anyone copes with more than 100, quite frankly.

  60. Anonymous
    November 9, 2012 at 4:11 am

    I have about 90. Only highschool friends and some friends from where I live now, and there are a lot more that I didn't want to add for some reason.

  61. Indronil Mondal
    November 9, 2012 at 3:56 am

    just one remarkable my far away sister

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 4:53 am

      You have just one Facebook friend? Is keeping in touch with your sister your sole reason for being on Facebook?

      • Reý Aetar
        November 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        yes i have friends but how many are real i dont have any idea

  62. Nikhil Chandak
    November 9, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I have 123 friends , about 50-70 school friends , 15-30 relatives & and about 10-20 friends of friends .....

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 4:53 am

      Thanks for breaking the numbers down, it's always interesting to hear the make up of friends :)

  63. Terafall
    November 9, 2012 at 3:50 am

    I don't have much,just around 700 but to my surprise,most of my friends have at least 1000.I don't know how they managed to get that much but since they have been busy with their lives I feel like I have only 10 friends

  64. Dhwanit Juneja
    November 9, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I have 1,828 friends and i have friends from my birth place and now where i stay from almost 4.5 years..

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 4:52 am

      Oh man, that's a lot of Facebook friends. How on earth do you keep up with all of them?

  65. Jonathan Smith
    November 9, 2012 at 3:32 am

    337 Friends. I'd say about 200 are people I don't need to be friends with but accepted their requests (I'll accept most friend requests). I use Facebook to follow the news, catch up with about 30-40 good friends, and play Lexulous.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 4:51 am

      So, about 10% of your Facebook friends are actual friends? What makes you accept random friend requests?

      • Jonathan Smith
        November 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        Most of the people I consider 'random' friends are more like old elementary/junior & senior high school friends. Or they may be friends of friends. I accept their requests because I like to think I'm a nice guy. I've considered going over to Google+ and limiting my circles to just 'real' friends, but I'm not sure Google+ offers the same level of interaction (with friends as well as businesses/news platforms) that Facebook does.

        • Dave Parrack
          November 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

          Google+ is good, but it needs more customization to be any worthy. Plus it's hard to get used to when all you know is Facebook.

  66. Dylan D
    November 9, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I have 175 friends. From living in two different states since I was a younger, I made quite a few friends in both Ohio and California. I know, I would have to say, at least 95% of the people in that list offline. I don't add someone unless I know them personally, or have talked to them for quite a while.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 4:39 am

      That seems a reasonable amount to me. It also sounds as though you're quite picky and don't just add people willy-nilly.

  67. Eric Wilborn
    November 9, 2012 at 3:28 am

    692. I'm 26, they come from my hometown, which I left at 13 and came back to for work at 16, my second town of residence, community college, university, and 5 jobs.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 9, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Wow, that's a lot of people to keep in touch with. What percentage would you say are friends, and what percentage would you say are merely acquaintances?

      • Eric Wilborn
        November 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        I would place that around 20% friends (family, good friends with similar interests) and 80% acquaintances (former coworkers, one-time classmates, former teachers, etc.).

        I follow a rule similar to Dylan D's (below me)... I have to actually know someone and had met them before I add them. There are a couple of exceptions, but I try not to stray from that.

        • Dave Parrack
          November 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

          It's a good rule to follow. We share so much on Facebook these days that adding a total stranger is a risky business.

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