The Internet at the Speed of Thought

How Many of Your Facebook Friends Are Actually Your Friends?

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No Man Is a Failure Who Has Friends…

…but only if they’re friends in real life.

Do you have a Facebook? How many friends do you have on it? By the end of 2015, there were over 1.59 billion active users on Facebook, the social networking site started by Mark Zuckerberg and several of his friends from Harvard in 2004.

As the world’s most popular social network, Facebook has always sold itself as a way to connect with colleagues, family, and friends, as well as stay in touch with those we can’t regularly see. But has “friend” taken on a new meaning in this digital age?

A new study from Oxford will make you second guess just how many friends you really have, regardless of the numbers on Facebook.

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Here’s what the study said.

Social media and social networking bring us closer to people, but they can also drive us further apart.

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With the increasing popularity of social sites and apps like Facebook, Messenger, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and Twitter, it’s easier than ever before to stay in touch with thousands of friends, acquaintances, and strangers.

In fact, one of the biggest indications of “power” and influence on social media are numbers: number of followers, number of views, number of friends.

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For many millennials, number of friends can determine social status, and social media relevance or internet fame are far more important than other tangible goals. But what does a large social media presence even mean?