Many Australians have strangers on their Facebook friends' list where they really do not know all the people in it, reveals a new study.
According to The Advertiser, the research revealed that Facebook habits have exposed us as unsocial with about a third seeing fewer than five of our online friends in the past year.he research also found just more than a third of people do not consider their Facebook friends' list a "true friends" list, the Courier Mail reported.
Abi Caust, 25, from Colonel Light Gardens, has 738 Facebook friends but knows less than half.
"There are people I went to primary school with, old school friends, there's people I have met through work and people from overseas I haven't met but added for Facebook games," she said.
Caust does not know many of her "friends", which is why she keeps her Facebook on a "very high privacy setting".
"Only my close friends can see my whole profile," she said.
Social media intelligence company SR7 co-founder Peter Fraser asserted that the numbers indicated Australians are using the technology to stay in touch with people globally in place of mail and phone conversations.
The study by Pureprofile, for KFC, polled 1003 Australian Facebook users aged 18 and over in December.