Although the average number of Facebook friends was between 155-183 people, only a handful of these people were close enough friends to be counted on during a crisis.
Additionally, one typical group of social media users in the study considered only 28% of their Facebook friends to actually be 'genuine' friends.
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One in five relationships in the UK starts online, according to recent surveys, and almost half of all British singles have searched for love on the internet.
Just today, nine million Britons will log on looking for love.
The result is that, rather than being someone that defies all calculation, love is now big business worth an annual billion internationally and growing at 70 per cent a year – with high-tech venture capitalists, psychologists and software engineers reaping vast rewards.
But, how many of these online connections are truly friends?
The activities for one topic were conducted face-to-face, and the other online, with topics counterbalanced across two groups.
The results showed that students preferred to complete activities face-to-face rather than online, but there was no significant difference in their test performance in the two modalities.
It is concluded that online and face-to-face activities can lead to similar levels of academic performance, but that students would rather do written activities online but engage in discussion in person.
Course developers could aim to structure classes so that students can benefit from both the flexibility of online learning, and the greater engagement experienced in face-to-face discussion.