(Closed) Facebook Friends vs. Real Friends

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yes! The more personal things I post on Facebook, like wedding photos, the more I want to limit who can see them. I have 400 friends. Some of them come up in my newsfeed, and I can’t even remember who they are. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have 200 facebook friends.  Which seems like an awful lot to me, but I frequently weed through it and unfriend people I’m no longer interested in.  I would say 25% of the friends are my family and my husband’s family.  Most of whom I have never actually spoken to in real life or on Facebook but I don’t really mind having them on my friends list.  60% are actual real life friends that I talk to in person or on the phone with regularly.  I do a lot of performing with a local theater group and the majority of my friends are people I’ve met through that group.  The remaining 15% are people I am not at all friends with and I am only friends with them on facebook because I am curious about how their lives are going.  Maybe I met them in high school or college but we never actually became close enough friends to keep in touch.  These are the people I will unfriend once my curiousity has been sated.  So there you have the composition of my facebook friends!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

At one point I had over 1200, because I used to play FB games and you need friends to get things in the game.

I do have a lot now, HS and other people. If I want to post something more private, I just limit who can see it using various settings. I don’t see the point in weeding it out further.

Post # 6
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607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

158 friends, mostly family with some hs and after hs friends…

Post # 7
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1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Honestly, I have two tiers of FB friends — people I don’t know that well in real life, but who post to FB frequently enough that I feel like I know what’s going on with them and (moreover) enjoy the stuff that they post. Then there are friends who I know in real life, who may post less frequently, but who I care about because I know them well.

I would be curious to see what the actual number of people from both groups that I interact with on a regular basis is. Maybe somewhere around 30 or 40? There’s a lot of deadweight on there with people who just don’t post a lot (or, even more likely, only post to their inner circles, which I’m not part of). I’m not concerned enough to cut or filter those people though.

 

Post # 8
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1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

98 friends on facebook, 0 in real life.  

Post # 10
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1066 posts
Bumble bee

I have over 500  people on my FB.Some I have met over many years. Some acquaintances. . Some friends of friends…Only 20 super close lol

Post # 11
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8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t do “Fakebook” for those exact reasons. 

Post # 12
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6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

That’s why i have 90 FB friends.  Some of them are kids I grew up with and my college roomates the rest are my DH’s fam and mine.  It’s a manageable list and i honestly care about these people.  I do have a list of people that friended me and waiting for me to friend, but I’m not interested in them being on my list. I don’t care about them enough. 😀

Post # 13
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572 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have 51 “friends” and could stand to delete some more.

But, I think pretty well of most of those people, and know each one of them personally. I don’t consider myself close but with maybe 10, like family members and best friend. I usually use Facebook primarily as a way to share pictures with family and friends.

Post # 14
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6355 posts
Bee Keeper

I should spring-clean my FB again but don’t have the time/interest. I do make good use of the groupings. It’s harder to make subgroups now but I already had mine set up so now I just add the new person to the appropriate group.

They’re not the same as real friends. They shouldn’t be called friends, they should be called ‘contacts’ or ‘connections’.

@nyscpa2be:  sorry to hear that, I hope you have some real-life friends again soon.

Post # 15
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542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I only have around 50ish or so friends on facebook.  Mostly friends and family.  I like to post personal things like pictures and stuff so I like to keep my list small.  Acually I probably could delete some people from there.  lol

Post # 16
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1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t consider a majority of people on my FB friends list actual friends in the sense that most of them I have not seen in years or more, some are aquaintances, and others I have known only online. I don’t things going on FB that seriously…and I am glad they have filters so that now you can control who sees what, who can post or message to you, etc. I am tempted to delete my FB account but then it has helped me recconect with some family members and friends I have not seen or heard from in a long time…

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