According to a report from global market researchers TNS, Japanese people have the least online friends of all, and yes, that does include Sneak.
Sneak isn't big in the 'friends' game, and he is even less likely to be friendly online, but even he has to admit that there must be some joy in keeping in touch with people, especially when it's in a virtual, online and off hand manner.
Sneak is as well travelled as the next man, as long as the next man has a fear of flying, trains, open water and motorways, but as far as he knew the Japanese were pretty social and more importantly, loved the internet and geeking out on things.
In Japan, Sneak thinks, these people are called otaku - although that may have been a noodle dish he once enjoyed in a London suburb. Turns out they are more no-taku.
Apparently the Malaysians have the most friends on social networks, which again is news to Sneak, and not least of all because he has never met one himself. Still, he hopes he does as they must be pretty friendly.
Malaysians, it seems, have an average of 233 virtual friends, Brazilians are slightly less virtually friendly with 231,and Norwegians slightly less friendly again with 217. In comparison, Japanese social pokers can only muster some 29 e-mates.
The original research looked at some 50,000 online punters and poked about in their social habits.
Other facts in its findings that drew Sneak away from his cornflakes include the news that Malaysians also spent the most time on social networking sites, at nine hours a week. Someone get them a hobby!
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