The Average American Knows 355 More Peop

February 26 [Tue], 2013, 20:12
Two recent studiesmay answer a key question haunting our modern,condition: how many of your friends if you are a typical American refuse to use Facebook? Two weeks ago, the Pew Research Centerthat the typical American Facebook user has 245 friends on the social network, and yesterday theNew York Times,involving Social Security records,reported that the average American knows approximately 600 people. Voil!If you're an average Facebook userand an average American, about 355 of your people exist only outside of Mark Zuckerberg's walled garden. (That, and you are doubly average.)


Two things to consider, though: Facebook has stretched the definition of "friend" pretty thin, so even being connected to someone on the social network certainly doesn't mean you necessarilyknew them. And theTimes's method of determining how many people you truly know seems like a bit of a gamble. Basically, the author of the piece asked a bunch of people how many individuals they knew who used a certain name Sean, for example, or Rachel and then measured that against the number of people in America (according to Social Security rolls) who use the same names. It's somewhat unclear, too, if 600 was a steadfast result: "The methods inventors, H. Russell Bernard and Peter Killworth, estimated from an earlier survey that the average American knew only 290 people." (In which case, just 35 of your core people aren't on Facebook a horrifying thought.)
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