There are some things that are always around in life. Like food, family, school, and job. As we grow up we find that some are more important than others. Also, we appreciate them in our own personal way.
But there is one thing that is as well along our lives that might be equally important, that are friends. Since they are the family you choose and the ones who back you up when things are bad. As well you share some really important things, that probably you will never tell your parents. So despite being so cool is it really biologically necessary to have friends?
Life Noggin explains it.
The awesome YouTube channel that break us through many aspects of life through entertaining 8-bit animations has decided to take on this topic. Based on an Australian study having friends actually, helps you live longer.
As a strong network of friends increases your chances of survival. This is because your friends have a more significant influence when it comes to your decisions and choices.
The key to happiness.
Also, it seems that having friend decreases the odds of making risky decisions. As related studies have shown. Since feeling lonely or socially rejected is what makes people be more likely to enter in risky or autodestructive behaviors.
All of this backed up in by a gambling experiment. Due to the fact that people seek money, and probably happens the same with fame, as a way to get what they want out of their social system. Like being admired or accepted.
The magic number.
So you might think is there a perfect or recommended amount of friends? Well, there is an approximation and it’s called the “Dunbar Number.” The “Dunbar” theory consists in that an average person can only have 150 friends. These are the more casual friends who are not close and you rarely see, but you can still hang around with comfortably.
The theory was born after comparing the brain and social group sizes of humans and other primates. Furthermore, the theory says that you can only have 5 close, best and significant friends. Then there is a group of 12 to 15 persons who are also close friends but they aren’t as fundamental in your life as the previous 5 are.
So then the other question arises. Could having too many friends be bad? Well, it seems that in certain circumstances it might be. Since another study has proven that having too many friends on social media and online increases their stress. Due to the fact that since they’re more people anything that you post could offend them or burst into a fight. Leading to anxiety, stress, etc.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t have friends on the web. Since that is also a cool and valid option for meeting new people. Also, they can be there for you when your “real life” friends aren’t. As the topic of having too many friends is better to have an amount that you can handle. So you can maintain them and develop them into something meaningful. So if you aren’t hanging with your couple right now or have one, give one of your friends a call.
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