How Many Of Your Facebook Friends Are Real Pals?

Here’s a hint: a lot fewer than the 200 or so that the average user has.

By Alain StephensFebruary 10, 2016 5:35 pm

Almost everyone these days has a Facebook account, a Twitter, an Instagram, a LinkedIn and so on. They all claim to do one thing: help you stay connected with friends and most Americans seem to have plenty of them. A study by the Pew Research Center found that the average Facebook user had about 200 people listed friends on the social media site – but how many of them are really you’re friends?

That’s seems like a question for the digital savant of the Austin American-Statesman, Omar Gallaga. He did an experiment to find out how many Facebook friends translated into real life friends.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– The number of friendships your brain can handle

– How many real friends people supposedly have

– What Omar learned from his experiment