How many friends do you have on Facebook right now? If you’re like the average person, you’ve got about 350 friends. If you’re a teen, then you’ve got about 650 friends. What is unique about the Facebook friends statistics is that once the age of 18 is reached, the average number of friends someone has goes down.
Facebook users in the 65+ age demographic have an average of 102 friends, which is the lowest of any age demographic.
Facebook has become the place where people can be social without actually having to go somewhere to be social. Why go get a cup of coffee with someone when you can sit on the couch and chat with them online? As the statistics show, Facebook really could be changing how society thinks and interacts on a human-to-human basis.
- 57% of American adults are using Facebook on a regular basis.
- The percentage of Facebook use in the 12-17 age demographic in the US: 73%.
- 64% of Facebook users visit the site on a daily basis as of 2014. In 2010, that figure was just 51%.
- 47% of users say that one of the primary reasons they use the site is because they enjoy looking at pictures and videos that are posted by their Facebook friends.
- Having a lot of Facebook friends is important to 46% of the site’s users, especially with the ability to share information with many people at once. Despite this, 39% of adult Facebook users have between 1 and 100 Facebook friends
- Only 16.5% of people on Facebook actually care about the feedback their friends will give them about the content that they have posted.
- 12% of Facebook users say that someone has asked them to “unfriend” a person in their network. It’s most common in the 18-29 age demographic.
- 22% of people who have been asked to unfriend someone were asked to remove a former romantic partner.
- More than 550 million people regularly access their Facebook account on some sort of mobile platform.
- 64% of Facebook users visit the site on a daily basis, up from 51% of users who were daily users in 2010.
- Half of all adult Facebook users have more than 200 friends in their network.
Facebook isn’t just the place where someone can have an online social life. It’s the place where they can have the social life that they really would like to have offline. It is possible to be anyone online, so people can create a persona that will help them achieve popularity. What’s the evidence of popularity? A lot of friends. Sometimes being on Facebook isn’t about social connections at all. Sometimes it is just having a bigger friend count than someone else.
Are People Interacting With Their Facebook Friends?
- 44% of people say that they will like content that has been posted by their friends at least once per day. 29% of people say that they’ll like content several times per day.
- 31% of Facebook users will comment on a friend’s photograph at least once per day and 15% will do so multiple times daily.
- 1 in 5 people will send at least one private message across the Facebook platform to one of their friends.
- 10% of people will change their status at least one per day. 4% say they do so multiple times per day, but 1 in 4 people won’t ever update their status.
- 50% of the people who choose not to have a Facebook profile are living with at least one person who does.
- Two-thirds of parents who don’t have a Facebook profile have at least one child who does have one.
- 1 in 4 people who don’t have their own Facebook account admit to looking at photographs by using someone’s account on a regular basis.
When a Facebook connection is made, it is safe to say that the connection is being made with the entire household of that person. “Hey! Come look at this picture!” That’s a pretty common conversation starter in homes that have adopted Facebook on some level. The statistics show that there may be 350 friends per account on average, but there’s a good chance that figure is probably doubled in real life. What does this mean for us as a society? It means that we can feel close to our friends, share lots of information with them, and never have to see them again to stay connected if we want. If we do connect, then we’ll post pictures on Facebook, tag everyone, and then have a good laugh.
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