In fact, half of your friends probably don’t think of you as a friend. Take a minute and count up all your friends. Not just the close ones, or the ones you’ve seen recently, every single person on this Earth that you consider a pal. Got a number in your mind? Good. Now cut it in half.
Researchers say this smaller number may actually be more accurate. As it turns out, we can be pretty terrible at knowing who our friends are. A study (in the journal PLoS One) recently made the case that as many as half the people we consider our friends don’t feel the same way.
Across a test group of 84 people researchers documented 1,353 cases of friendship. And in 94 percent of them, the person doing the ranking guessed that the other person would feel the same way. In reality, only 53 percent of the friendships were actually reciprocal.
Oh well. As we get older we kind of weed out the ones that don’t matter anyway. We start to not put up with as much BS as we did in our youth. Wouldn’t you agree?