Published On: Tue, Jan 26th, 2016

Facebook friendship is not real



The very famous social media site Facebook, which is considered as a communicational source for making and chatting friends, is not developing the relationships, according to a recent study.  A research study conducted in the UK has revealed that out of the 150 friends a person has on Facebook, just 15 can be considered as real friends, whereas just five can be believed close friends.

Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University, states that “In practical terms, it may reflect the fact that real (as opposed to casual) relationships need at least occasional face-to-face interaction to maintain them.”

Dunbar elucidates that whereas Facebook cannot make actual relationships, it assists hold up the natural rate of perishing of a friendship that is because of a deficiency of face-to-face communication. Dunbar cited that “Friendships, in particular, have a natural decay rate in the absence of contact, and social media may well function to slow down the rate of decay,”

He further added that “Though, that alone may not be adequate to avoid friendships finally dying naturally if they are not occasionally reinforced by face-to-face interaction,”

Tanja Hollander, a photographer, experimented with this theory. She captured and photographed all 600 of her Facebook friends. Astonishingly sufficient, 95% of them greeted her into their homes and almost 75% of her Facebook contacts even offered her a dinner and a residence to stay for the night.

Hollander clarifies that her project was an “examination of friendships, the effects of social networks, the friendly places we call home and the communities in which we live.”

She stated that “I continue to be surprised by the number of people, especially (in real life) total strangers, who have opened their homes to me—offering me a place to stay, sharing their lives, their stories and their families while allowing me to document it all.”


About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.