The One Thing You Must Do If You Want To Make Friends Online

New data from Rice University has found that your chances of making new friends online depends on the number of groups and organizations you join. Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science at Rice and co-author of the study said, “If a person is looking for friends, they should basically be active in as many communities as possible. And if they want to become friends with a specific person, they should try to be a part of all the groups that person is a part of.” Scientists analyzed six online social media networks. Shrivastava said its simplicity may come as a surprise to those who study friendship formation and the role communities play in bringing about friendships. She explained, “There’s an old saying that ‘birds of a feather flock together.’ And that idea — that people who are more similar are more likely to become friends — is embodied in a principal called homophily, which is a widely studied concept in friendship formation.”