I agree with this! When it comes to friendship, I have always been a “Quality over Quantity” guy. I have always had a few very close friends, and a lot of acquaintances, and even a guy like me has 800+ friends on Facebook! And that’s not a lot: the last I checked, 94 of my friends have 1000 or more friends!
1000 friends! Is it possible for someone to have 1000 real friends! Studies suggest that there is actually a limit to the number of social relationships one can maintain, and for most people, the number is somewhere between 100 and 230 (150 is the commonly used number) This is called Dunbar’s number named after British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who did some research on this topic. (Read more about this here: Dunbar’s number)
But Dunbar’s analysis is from pre-social media days. (His article was first published in 1992) Is it possible that with the advent of social media, the mankind has suddenly become more “social”? Apparently not! Read about this guy’s attempts to take on Dunbar, or may be try your own experiment. Either way, I am sure you will come up with similar results!
Dunbar’s Number Kicked My Ass in Facebook Friends Experiment | Underwire | Wired.com
The cartoon strip below is profound and funny at the same time, and sums up everything I have said above.