I’ve been saying this for years, as most of my friends are in my head!
But apparently, it’s okay if your fake friends are on Facebook, because even though you can’t really maintain meaningful relationships with over 150 people, having a whole bunch of additional fake friends and thinking they are reading your status updates makes you feel supported anyways!
This same effect can also be gained by picturing hordes of tiny four-inch high people following you about – like Gulliver! I jest. But seriously, this article from the Percolator blog in the Chronicle of Higher Education is fascinating, and well worth the seven-minute read.