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You Probably Have About 150 Real Friends


Facebook friend listThat’s according to anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who found that the average person has five “core” friends, 10 more in immediate circles, and two more acquaintance rings. How does this stack up to your Facebook friend count?

The more friends you have, the more you earn, says a study. But modern life can allow little time to maintain meaningful relationships, so what’s the optimum number of friends?

It’s widely accepted that friendships are invaluable to the soul but few of us were aware that they could also boost the bank account.

A study of 10,000 US students over a period of 35 years suggests the wealthiest people are those that had the most friends at school. Each extra schoolfriend added 2% to the salary.


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