The Age When Women Have the Most Friends Isn't What You'd Think

friends at 29How many friends do you have? That's an odd question, right? Well, according to a feature in New York magazine, how popular you are may very well depend on your age. And the magic one seems to be 29.

Those approaching their third decade have approximately 80 friends, which is about 30 percent more than those in any other age group, based on a survey of 1,505 Britons.

So, what's behind the almost-30-somethings' popularity? 


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The firm that conducted the study, Genius Gluten Free, explains that at 29, people are still in touch with school friends but have also forged new bonds with work colleagues. 

If you're over 29, do you agree with this study? If so, does it depress you to think that you may have passed your popularity prime without appreciating it? 

At 43, I can honestly say I feel like I have more friends now than at any other point in my life. I've accumulated them from different jobs I've held, from schools (and even story times) my children have attended, as well as groups I've joined and classes I've taken, not to mention neighbors who have become great pals and confidants. 

But really, shouldn't it be about quality rather than quantity? I'd take one always-there-for-you friend over 10 sort-of friends any day. I'm talking about the ones who know when your birthday is and celebrate it, not the kind who keep mixing up your children's names.

Thanks to social media (Facebook, I'm looking at you), the word "friend" is bandied about without carrying much weight. While some may vie to have more and more "friends," I'm happy to know I have enough to count on when I need a laugh, a shoulder to cry on, or an honest opinion on a new dress. 

Do you agree with this study? At what age have you found yourself with the most friends? 

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