Indeed, the study by consumer research specialists Intersperience revealed that people in their twenties have more than fifty times the amount of cyber-friends than those over fifty years of age, who typically have less than twenty friends on social networks.
Paul Hudson, Chief Executive at Intersperience, said:
“Our research underlines fundamental changes taking place in British society as a result of finally entering the Digital Age. Half the UK population are on Facebook now and the explosion in social networking activity is blurring lines. In a social media context, a ‘friend’ means something different to a 20 year old than to a 50 year old.”
The generational digital gap revealed in this report perhaps shouldn’t be all that surprising, but the figure of a thousand friends may surprise some. Facebook’s official statistics state that the average Facebook user across the board has 130 friends on the social network.