Every seven years you lose around half of your friends, and replace them with new friends.


Dutch researchers asked 1,007 people between the ages of 18-65 questions such as “Who do you talk with about personal issues?” and “Who do you pop by to see?” Seven years later,they were able to re-interview the majority of the original group, and found, while the overall size of personal networks remained relatively stable, about half of the participants’ friends had cycled out.

The researchers also confirmed that who you befriend isn’t simply based on personal choice, but is largely shaped by the context of your everyday life.


About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.