Facebook Users Have More Friends On and Offline than Non-Facebook Users, Claims Study

Facebook Users Have More Friends On and Offline than Non-Facebook Users, Claims

A recent study has found that Facebook users have closer ties to offline friends than people who don’t have a Facebook account. A survey, conducted by Pew Research Center in Washington DC, questioned 2,225 Americans.

A Facebook user has on an average 229 friends, which turn out to be 48% of their ‘real’ offline friends. Researchers are suggesting that making online relationships will actually improve your social life offline as well.

The study also found that Facebook users are more trusting than non-Facebook users. They were 43% more likely to say “most people can be trusted”. Facebook users are three times more likely to be trusting than those who don’t use the internet.

It is not completely clear why Facebook users are more trusting. Keith Hampton, the main author of the study and a communications professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has come up with one possible explanation: people are more willing to trust people because they interact with a larger number of people.

The researchers also identified the most common social group that is added on Facebook. The average Facebook user has 56 friends on their profile from high school. That is the most for any other social group which includes family, current school mates and co-workers.

You May Have Missed...

Physicists Create a Machine Named ‘Holometer’
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:26

Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago have created a machine that can help find out whether the universe is a...

Nigeria Update

Early Intervention Currently Best Hope of Treatment for Autism
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:42

Despite being such a devastating disease, autism remains highly misunderstood by the society....

Economy Watch

Recovery is not Satisfying for federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen
Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:34

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the recovery in the US has not been satisfying for her...

Health Tonight

Electronic Cigarettes Motivate Youth to Smoke: CDC
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:35

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs motivate young people, especially college and school going...

Science Tonight

A Mysterious Object flies over an Australian suburb
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:28

On Sunday night, an unidentified flying object (UFO) was spotted over an Australian suburb....

UK News

Researchers in Antarctic Lose Power for 19 Hours
Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:45

In Antarctica, British researchers experienced a power outage of 19 hours and that too, at...


FDA Approves Extended Use of Lymphoseek
Sat, 06/14/2014 - 12:10

Today, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration has given permission for the extended use of...

US News

Manatees may soon get Threatened Species Status
Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:12

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will shortly review whether manatees, arge, fully...

Technology Tonight

Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:15

Barnes & Noble, in partnership with Samsung, announced the new Galaxy Tab 4 Nook device on...