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Pew Study: Facebook Users Have More, Closer Friends

This may not come as a surprise, but a survey released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that people who use Facebook several times a day average 9 percent more "close, core ties in their overall social network compared with other internet users."

The survey notes that the average American has just over two (2.16) friends they'd call confidants. That number is up from 1.93 in 2008.

The survey also found that 59 percent of internet users use at least one social network and the average age of adult social network users has increased from 33-years-old in 2008 to 38-years-old in 2010.

Here are a few more findings:

-- "... [A] Facebook user who uses the site multiple times per day is 43% more likely than other internet users and more than three times as likely as non-internet users to feel that most people can be trusted."

-- " ... [A] Facebook user who uses the site multiple times per day was an additional two and half times more likely to attend a political rally or meeting, 57% more likely to persuade someone on their vote, and an additional 43% more likely to have said they would vote."

-- The average Facebook user in the sample had 229 Facebook friends.

-- "MySpace users are more likely to be open to opposing points of view."

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Eyder Peralta
Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.