The meaning of “friends” has changed

friends tv showYou Have Fewer Friends Than You Think:

…no matter how many people you friend on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or connect to on LinkedIn, you can truly be friends with only 150 of them. If you have more than 150 people in your social circle, then you have to accept that the quality of those relationships is rather poor…

I’m not close to 150 and wouldn’t want to be.

The article suggests some ways to maintain close relationships with true friends, including:

Make a list of 10 close friends (parents count as 1 friend). Once a month, send each of them an email and schedule a time to meet, Skype or chat on the phone (aim for in-person chats as much as possible). Set aside an hour to catch up on life, work, hopes, disappointments and goals.