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We have most friends at 29: Social circle peaks at around 29 as we build relationships with colleagues

It is the age when, with luck, a career is under way and you are still in touch with friends from school or university.

As a result, it is reckoned that 29 years old is the time when we have the biggest circle of friends. through work, social media and old school mates.

Although our closest confidante is still most likely to be an old friend from school days, we actually have more in common with workmates.

 
New research has found that we have most friends at the age of 29, gathering around 80 friends from work

New research has found that we have most friends at the age of 29, gathering around 80 friends from work

 

A third of us admit having more in common with colleagues than friends and family, while 38 per cent have befriended at least 10 people at work.

The research by food supplier Genius Gluten Free found the office is now the most likely place to form relationships due to longer working hours.

High-pressured environments and working with like-minded people also cause people to bond.

And it seems you are likely to have most friends from the office if you work in marketing, who count 40 colleagues as pals.

Meanwhile, chefs and cooks have 33, followed by those who serve in the Armed Forces with 32, artists and designers with 27 and those in human resources have 21.

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