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Revealed: Sociable southerners have ‘seven more friends’ than people in the North

  • Southerners have seven more friends that Northerners, according to new study
  • Also people living in the south are more extroverted, survey for Foxy Bingo finds
  • Southerners are also more likely to say that best moments in life are with friends
  • However, almost quarter (20 per cent) of Northerners prefer their own company

Southerners are more sociable and have seven more friends than people in the North, according to a study.

People living in the south of the country are more extroverted, with as many as 30 close friends on average, compared to 23 for Northerners.

Southerners are also more likely to say that the best moments in their life are spent with friends and family, with 85 per cent agreeing life is better when in the company of others.

However almost a quarter (20 per cent) of northerners prefer their own company.

And people in the south are more likely to claim that having friends is the most important thing in their lives, with 28 per cent saying a life without chums would be unbearable, compared to under a quarter (23 per cent) of northerners.

The study, by Foxy Bingo, also found that southerners are more likely to admit they’d struggle without their mates.

And those in the south are less likely to let their mates down than their northern counterparts, with seven per cent of southerners admitting to cancelling on pals, compared to one in ten of those who live in the north.

Looking at the nation as a whole, the study revealed that the average Brit has 24 pals.

Men tend to have a wider circle, with 27 mates each compared to 22 for women.

And despite the fact we meet our friends three times a week on average, only half of Britons (52 per cent) are happy with the number of chums they have.

Almost six out of 10 (57 per cent) communicate with their friends face to face, 53 per cent said they use messaging apps and 44 per cent talk on the phone.

Despite only 12 per cent of those surveyed saying they enjoy using social media, it is the primary form of communication for more than half (54 per cent) of respondents. Almost eight out of 10 (79 per cent) think friendship is much easier in modern times because of the many ways to stay in touch.

Only 46 per cent of people would prefer to talk to their friends face to face, a figure that goes up to 60 per cent in those aged 60 or over.

The study of almost 2,000 Brits across the UK, also found that more than half (59 per cent) have online friends they have never met in real life before.

Still, more than three quarters of Brits (77 per cent) think life would be harder if they had no pals, a proportion that goes up to 85 per cent for those between 16 and 29.

In fact, 85 per cent believe friendship is more important now, what with the pressures of modern life and 84 per cent added that the best moments of their lives were with their mates.

Kim Mills, Sponsorship & Partnerships Manager at Foxy Bingo said: ‘At Foxy Bingo, we’re all about our vibrant and friendly online community.

‘We wanted to take a closer look at modern British friendships, and it’s so interesting to see the regional spread in terms of friendship group sizes, and how people value their friends.

‘It’s no surprise to see that so many of our friendships are played out online these days, our online chat is more popular than ever and we like to think our online community feel at home with Foxy Bingo.’

The research also found that a third (39 per cent) of people have friends they barely see in person, but they would still consider a close companion, while more than a quarter (26 per cent) said life without pals would be unbearable.

Nearly a third believed they could count on their friends for absolutely anything, 24 per cent added that their pals mean everything to them and more than a fifth (22 per cent) think their friends know them better than anyone in their lives.

One in ten (nine per cent) believe friends to be more important than family, and seven per cent would rather be with their best friend than their partner.

On the other hand, a quarter said they had been betrayed by a friend and 11 per cent said there was no one they truly trust, and 16 per cent worried that their mates didn’t really like them.

And seven per cent added that they have a frenemy, someone who they secretly dislike, and eight per cent confused they are competitive with the people they call friends.