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

Sarah Collie Gomillion

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2016

Bibliographical note

Sarah Gomillion receives funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.


  • Relationships
  • Mobile phones
  • Communication
  • Friendship
  • Social networks
  • Making friends


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