Study: Half Our Friendships Are Not Reciprocated

How many friends do you think you have? A new study from Tel Aviv University in Israel reveals humans are actually really bad at judging social bonds. Researchers had 84 students rate each other on a scale of one to five, with one signifying a stranger, and five signifying a best friend, to see if those who knew each other gave each other the same rating. The data shows just half of the friendships people assumed they had were reciprocated. Researchers were able to predict fairly reliably in which direction the friendship between two people would work, depending on how their social circles overlapped and their difference in social status. The scientists say it’s important to keep in mind that the closer we are with someone, the more influence they have on us, which can affect our behavior. (Daily Mail