Friendship Levels – How Many Hours Required

Someone determined how many hours you need before you can become “best friends” with someone.

By nowproducerdave on April 2, 2018
(Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
(Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)

Someone did the math to friendship, and determined how many hours are typically required to achieve different levels of friendship. Casual acquaintance, friend, best friend, etc. Yeah, we’re thinking it too – someone has too much free time.

A university Professor, Jeffery Hall from the University of Kansas conducted the research and figured out how much time you must spend with someone before becoming “best friends.” Even when you feel an instant “click” with someone, they say, it may still require time before it becomes “real.” Look – I’m all about some math behind every day things, but sometimes in friendships and relationships, they just “work,” but I’ll continue reporting on this story.

Straight to the point – in order to just become a sort of “casual acquaintance” with someone, it takes about 50 hours of time together. Not after meeting, that’s total time together. To truly become “friends” with someone, you have to spend somewhere between 80-100 hours in close contact together. If you want to become “besties” with someone, that’ll take about 200 hours together with that person. But then again, you don’t really “want to become besties” with someone unless you’ve known them for a long time anyway, right? It’s not like we’re at the shopping mall and see someone across the store and point like “you! Let’s try to be besties!” Ok, weird example. There’s a ton more info over here about everything that went into the research.

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