Why Your Friends Have More Friends Than You Do

  title={Why Your Friends Have More Friends Than You Do},
  author={S. L. Feld},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1464 - 1477}
  • S. L. Feld
  • Published 1991
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • It is reasonable to suppose that individuals use the number of friends that their friends have as one basis for determining whether they, themselves, have an adequate number of friends. This article shows that, if individuals compare themselves with their friends, it is likely that most of them will feel relatively inadequate. Data on friendship drawn from James Coleman's (1961) classic study The Adolescent Society are used to illustratite the phenomenon that most people have fewer friends have… CONTINUE READING
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