- how many friends and/or twitter followers (or other social networking contacts) do YOU have?
FB: 270, LinkedIn: 89
- of that number, how many would you consider your ACTUAL friends?
(i.e. not your grandma who guilted you into friending, nor exes, nor people you only know from work, nor people who you hung out with a few times in middle school----i mean people who you have either hung out with recently [and wanted to], or who you'd get excited about hanging out with at any random time. bfs/gfs/spouses/family/coworkers count only if you honestly truly love spending time with them and you would also call them a friend.)
"Actual" is semantic. I consider most of them "friends". There are a few that I don't know, haven't met, or don't remember (high school).
But they range from ~a dozen "close" friends, to maybe ~50 "close acquaintances" (party with, hug when I see them, ...), then there's: people I would like to hang out with but don't because of geography or schedule, then people I would hang out with if coincidence crossed our paths.
What you're calling "ACTUAL", I think of as "CLOSE". It's a matter of perspective & philosophy. I'd like to think of everyone that is not my enemy as a 'friend' that I just don't know yet. That, however doesn't mean "blind trust", just benefit of the doubt.
- does your friend count affect you at all?
I had to look. The number doesn't mean anything to me. Other than the fact that I am blessed to have many friends. "I have people.... and I know stuff!"