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Number of social network contacts (friends) in the United Kingdom 2012-2013, by age

This statistic shows the mean number of friends or contacts that social network users in the United Kingdom had on their primary profile in 2012 and 2013, by age group. Respondents in the 16 to 24 age bracket had an average of 352 friends in 2012. This grew to 355 friends in 2013.

How many people do you have listed as friends or contacts on your main social networking site profile?*

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Release date

April 2014


United Kingdom

Survey time period

October to November 2013***

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

all with an active social networking site profile

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* The original survey question was: "Thinking now about your main social networking site profile, how many people do you have listed as friends or contacts?"
** n (2012) = 784; n (2013) = 798.
*** 2012 survey carried out September to November 2012.

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