Peak friendship: data reveals when you’ll be most popular

  • Sarah Collie Gomillion

Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'


Making friends can seem easy when you’re young. You encounter more new people and have more free time when you’re first venturing out into the world than when you’re more likely to be settled down with a steady job, a long-term partner and children.

New research suggests that our social networks may shrink from when we’re about 25, after which we tend to lose more friends and acquaintances than we gain. But there’s also an important difference between men and women, with men likely to make more contacts in their youth but lose them more rapidly as they age.

Period6 Apr 2016

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