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Facebook friends of no use

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An Oxford academic has discovered that your Facebook friends are unlikely to be very much use in an emergency.

Professor Richard Dunbar’s research included two surveys covering more than 3300 people in total; the results found that fewer than 3% of your friends would actually help you.

When asked how many of their Facebook friends they would actually turn to in the event of an emergency, across the two surveys the numbers cited by the respondents were very low.

The survey also found that people consider only 28% of their Facebook friends to be genuine friends. Its purpose was to assess whether or not using Facebook enabled people to have more friends. The full results of Professor Dunbar’s work can be found in the Royal Society Open Science Journal.

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