Average Brit Has 476 Facebook Friends Compared To 152 Mobile Phone Contacts
New research from the UK’s leading discount website has revealed that, on average, Britons have almost 500 Facebook friends, compared with just 150 mobile phone contacts, approximately.
It would appear that many online friendships are superficial, as new research has revealed that, on average, Britons have far fewer mobile phone contacts than they do Facebook friends.
www.MyVoucherCodes.co.uk conducted a poll of 1,954 people across the UK as part of research into the social networking habits of Britons. All respondents had a Facebook account and a mobile handset.
Respondents were initially asked how many Facebook friends they currently had, to which the average answer from the total respondents was 476. They were then asked to stipulate how many mobile phone contacts they had, to which the average number was 152.
When asked to stipulate why they had more Facebook friends than contacts in their phonebook, the majority, 76% said it was because they had friends on Facebook that they rarely spoke to, but wanted to stay in touch with.
37% of those polled said that they didn’t like many of their Facebook friends and, as a result, didn’t have their mobile phone number. 46% also said that they rarely deleted people from their Facebook friends list, and so had contacts on there that they never spoke to.
Those polled were asked to state how many of their Facebook friends that actually knew, to which the majority, 82% said ‘all of them’. However, 6% said that they only knew about half of the people on their friends list.
Mark Pearson, Chairman of MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, had the following to say about the results:
The majority of people just use Facebook as a means of catching up with old friends and so are ‘friends’ with many people that they would have no intention of meeting up with regularly. It’s also a great way of staying in touch with people from around the globe.
“Users should remember to only add people that they know as, whilst social networking is a great place to chat with friends, online safety should always come first.”
|posted on 11/08/2011 Tagged with PR Public Relations UK PR Agency|
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