Real Friendship

“A 2018 research exercise showed that the average person in Britain had 554 friends online, but only five true and close friends. That is a measure of the difference between real and electronic friendship—between people you can turn to for help and who will make some sacrifice for you if you need it and people with whom you merely exchange information. Social media has an enormously positive role to play in allowing people to stay in touch with one another, share experiences and knowledge, and enhance interactions within a real community. But real interpersonal friendship needs an investment of time, intimacy, and a degree of privacy.”

Morality, p. 58