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How Many Facebook Friends Are Too Many?

It's a very public number, one that you probably share with hundreds of people, and even the subject of TV ridicule. It's a number that could make you feel good or bad about yourself, or you may not care about it at all. No, I'm not talking about the number of sexual partners you've had, I'm talking about the number of friends you have on Facebook. But how many is too many? The New York Times recently posed the same question with a few answers. Find out where one Oxford professor draws the line after the break.

According to one Oxford professor's theory, the number of actual friendships a person can maintain is restricted by the human brain — and he quotes that number at 150. Facebook, on the other hand, allows for 5,000 "friends" for an individual account. I try hard to impose rules about whom I'll add as a friend (remember the whole "should I friend my boyfriend's sister" debacle?), so I have under 300 friends. And I have to admit, whenever I see someone with 1,000 or more friends, I get a little skeptical. I haven't run across any close friends who've hit their 5,000 Facebook limit, but with all of the crazy privacy controversies and changes, I'm afraid to have more Facebook friends than I already do. How many friends do you think is too many?

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Matdredalia Matdredalia 5 years
To be honest, it still kind of makes my brain explode when I see that I have 100 friends on Facebook. It just seems ridiculously high. However, even my grandmother has a freaking Facebook page (oddly, my mother doesn't), so almost everyone in my life is there. And since I've been playing MMORPG's (think WoW) since I was about 12 years old, I've met A LOT of people. However, I've gotten EXTREMELY anal about who I let friend me. If I haven't at least had one meaningful conversation with you, ever, you're pretty much off the list. To be honest, there are a few of my mom's friends who have me that I'd love to kick off, but since she doesn't have a page and I do, that's usually how they keep tabs on her. Sad, no? I think anything over 500 is a bit ridiculous unless you're some kind of celebrity, whether it be blogger, writer, actor, whatever. That's showing respect for your fans. If you're just an average Joe, you're either just too nice to say no, or you just like getting the high score. You have probably met those 1,800 extra people what, twice? Can you really consider them friends? It's like people use Facebook as the new fashion & money stick from highschool. "I have THIS many friends, which means I'm like, popular, and cool, and stuff!"
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 5 years
I'm only Facebook friends with people I actually know and would talk to in person. These are people who I know personally from high school, college, work, or family. I do not accept friend requests from people I don't know. This is partly because I am cautious about privacy and also because I see Facebook as another way for me to communicate with people I know. The only reason I use Facebook at all is to keep in touch with people I care about not to accumulate a large number of "friends" who I don't even know personally.
stickytheturtle stickytheturtle 5 years
When I left high school and started college (last year mind you..) I removed all my 'friends' from High school that I had no desire to or interst in keeping in touch with -- People that I only had because we have a class together or something. Now In college I've accumulated a big bunch of more friends just like that..I still dont know whether they will be deleted when I graduate or not. We shall see..
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 6 years
How many is too many? Any.
gd101 gd101 6 years
@Gawjuslayd you are right!
Gawjuslayd Gawjuslayd 6 years
I personally do not care how many friends I have. It is a networking site used to meet people, and keep in touch with people. The question really should be, "If you have less than 50 friends, are you really maximizing the potential Facebook has to offer?".
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