Man Going On Coffee Dates With 1,000-Plus Facebook Friends

An Australian man started a project in September to go on coffee dates with his 1,000-plus Facebook friends. He estimates it will take three years.
Posted at 2:27 PM, Sep 30, 2014

Let's be honest. How many of your Facebook friends do you actually know? 

Well, Matthew Kulesza, a student from Melbourne, is planning to meet up and have coffee with all his "friends" on Facebook. 

Which is a lot of coffee because the 28-year-old has more than 1,000 "friends."

Kulesza knows he doesn't actually have 1,000-plus friends in real life. As he puts it on Tumblr, this is "an exercise in remembering to socialize with and get to know people outside of the 'book.'"

The average person can actually only keep about 150 meaningful relationships — a limit also known as Dunbar's Number.

So, although it might seem like social outlets expand our social circle, liking or commenting on pictures or statuses don't necessarily make a meaningful relationship. 

Kulesza also made a separate Facebook page dedicated to his coffee-date updates. He uses the page to tell viewers when he became friends with the person on Facebook and how many mutual friends they have.

And he's already taken advantage of the networking opportunities this project brings, as he was recently offered a job by one of his "friends." He told News Limited:

"I've known [my new boss] for quite a few years and she was one of my early 'coffees'. She was looking for someone to do some part time work and said, 'Why don’t you work for me?'"

He estimates his project will take about three years to complete.

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