Clearly, they were many times less. The number of real friends and acquaintances in the vast majority of cases does not coincide with the list of "friends" in the social network Facebook. Scientists analyzed accounts and published the findings in the Royal Society Science edition.
Started specialists from research conducted at the end of the last century. Then anthropologists have proven that no man can maintain contact with more than 230 people. Real friends to the average person about five, a group of friends is much wider and can include up to 200 people.
That is why it is hard to believe user pages with thousands of friends. Usually these people do not play a big role in the life of the owner of the page. Experts believe that to maintain a relationship with thousands of people is simply impossible.