How many Facebook friends do you have? Hundreds? More than a thousand?
As we make more and more connections online, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of our real friends.
Sydneysider Mobinah “Moby”Ahmad was tired of navigating a world of vague acquaintances, made even more complex by the advent of social media, so she created a system to rank them all. (Type A’s the world over rejoice.)
Using a simple questionnaire, she decided to divide her group of ‘friends’ into six easy to manage subgroups.
“I have so many friends on Facebook, like hundreds and hundreds of friends,” she explained on ABC‘s 7.30 program last night.
“Out of the 400 Facebook friends that I have, I would say I have one to two real friends. Facebook is such a superficial way of keeping in contact with someone.”
You can watch the full segment here or read the transcript on the 7.30 website (post continues after video):
Suffice to say, some of Moby’s acquaintances, formerly friends, haven’t been too impressed with their recent demotions, but she insists that she is just “telling it like it is”.
So without further ado here’s how it is, in 6 simple categories, according to Moby.
Pre-Acquaintance (Roughly 10% of the people you know)
Pre-acquaintances are those people you vaguely recognise, whose names elicit a ‘yeah, I know them’ but who you wouldn’t bother to stop and chat to in the street.
Acquaintance Level 1: “To know of someone” (20% of people you know)
People you know through mutual friends or other acquaintances. Perhaps you met briefly at a party or at uni, perhaps a work colleague or business client. You cross paths by coincidence, but never on purpose and only know superficial details about each others lives.