Cathelijn - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )
I found this wondering what you all think?
Nearly 60 per cent of Facebook users who boast more than 170 online friends admitted meeting with only ten of their digital pals regularly, a survey said.
The disparity between online and real-world friendships was even greater in the 51-55-year-old age group. With an average of 31 Facebook friends, 78 per cent said they saw less than five face-to-face each month.
The survey of 1,000 UK adults by Railcard sought to discover how real friendships are faring in the era of social networking: its conclusion - not well.
Most people (41 per cent) cited time as the limiting factor for not meeting their friends. However, more than a quarter of those surveyed (27 per cent) said distance was the barrier to rekindling friendships.
Unsurprisingly, the most sociable age group was the 16-18 year olds who met up with an average of 12 of their online friends once a month.
Channel 4 presenter and relationship expert Anna Richardson said: "A Facebook friendship is a poor substitute for actually meeting up with a friend as you miss out on the personal engagement and real connection that you need to build a strong friendship.
"It is difficult to make time for friends when juggling busy lives, but without making the effort, there's a danger that precious friendships are becoming lost in the digital era."
She added: "Log onto www.railcards.co.uk and invest in a Railcard, get on a train and give that friendship the time it deserves."