Friend or Hanger On?

30 04 2009

A study was recently undertaken to find out how many friends the average person has. The average number is about 150, says leading anthropologist Robin Dunbar. They usually consist of an inner circle of five “core” people and an additional layer of 10, he says. That makes 15 people – some will probably be family members – who are your central group and then outside that, there’s another 35 in the next circle and another 100 on the outside. And that’s one person’s social world.

Before we start counting and drafting in a few acquaintances to boost the total, it might be wiser to consider what kind of friend we are to others.  It’s only on that score that it matters whether we’re below or above average.

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