"You're lucky if you find one true friend in an entire lifetime." Sure sounds familiar, but does this old adage still apply? For one thing, in recent years scientific researchers have advised us that more friends means a happier, longer life. We've even reached a point whereby the platforms upon which we base our social networks allow us to rack up connections as if they were frequent flyer points. Yet in the case of friendships does more of less equal better? And, if so, how can we come to terms when those weaker links tear us apart emotionally?
Finding friends may be easier than ever but according to medical sociologist Dr. Nicholas Christakis, more is not better. His new book, "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives," analyzes the impact of friendships in the virtual world. And while the average user has 110 friends on Facebook, of which only 6.6 are actually close friends, Christakis demonstrates that the majority of our onlineRead More »from The Cycle of Friends