It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a Facebook ‘friend’ is an entirely different entity to real life pals. Sure, we may all be ‘friends’ on Facebook with our actual friends, but what about the other tidal wave of names that have somehow weedled into our online networks under the guise of friendship? Take culling, for example, the somewhat satisfying method of going through your friends list and scratching the undesirables – for most people, this is essentially an exercise in realising how many complete strangers have managed to persuade your hand to click ‘accept’ somewhere along the social media path:
1) The random people you perhaps knew at nursery, and therefore have nothing except shared nappy mishaps and swallowed playdough in common with.
2) The random individuals from countries halfway across the world who obviously collect friends like stray marbles, and who may or may not actually be real.
3) The people you met once three years ago at the pub/party/work event, where you both gushingly developed an iron-clad friendship, vowed to hang out, looked at every single one of their photos online, and then forgot.
So with all these strange entities donning the cap of pseudo-friendship, how much is a Facebook friend actually worth?
This infographic has a go at tallying it up, and may just make you change your mind next time you feel the itch for a cull. ‘Sergei from Uzbekistan’ may just earn you a few extra quid one day.