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Susan MacTavish: 30 per cent of Americans haven't seen a single one of their Facebook friends in the past two months

Sun, 01 Dec 2013 18:17:49 GMT

Susan MacTavish: 30 per cent of Americans haven't seen a single one of their Facebook friends in the past two months

According to a new poll, about 30 per cent of Americans haven't seen a single one of their Facebook friends in the past two months.

Thanks to the invention of Facebook, we're able to keep up to date on all of our 'friends' lives through the feed, but most of us ever only ever see these friends through the computer monitor.

If that sounds strange, it may surprise you that those who hadn't seen any of their Facebook friends were the majority group polled.

The second highest polling group were the 23 per cent who said they had seen one to 10 per cent of their Facebook friends in the same period.

In fact, only 10 per cent admitted to seeing 90 per cent or more of their Facebook friends.

The poll cited a recent Pew study which found that the average Facebook user has 245 friends.

Susan MacTavish: 30 per cent of Americans haven't seen a single one of their Facebook friends in the past two months
The poll was conducted for lifestyle blog Living MacTavish, which was founded by Susan MacTavish, second left.

'If most of us have not actually met lately with 90 per cent or more of our Facebook friends, does that mean that Facebook friends are sort of like dog years? In other words, does one offline friend equal at least 10 online ones?' lifestyle guru Susan MacTavish asked.

The poll was conducted for MacTavish's blog - Living Mactvish, a guide for entertaining, design, fashion, food and drinks.

Through her blog, Mactavish aims to convince more Americans to 'unplug, unwind and meet up more often for old-fashioned, offline interaction'.

Susan MacTavish: 30 per cent of Americans haven't seen a single one of their Facebook friends in the past two months
Back to basics: MacTavish wants to 'save the world one dinner party at a time'. She recently opened up a pop-up shop in New York's SoHo

MacTavish believes the results of the poll will inspire people to step away from Facebook and re-connect with friends through old school social networking.

'Offline is the new online. In this era of constant texting, Tweeting and Facebooking, lots of us are hungry for slower-paced, face-to-face conversation,' she said. 'I want people to entertain more. I want to save the world one dinner party at a time.'

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