Mission: To find out whether the UNCSA high school student body has more “true friends” than the national average of 2.
Noah and Anthony each collected separate data from a random sample* of UNCSA students.
One of the difficulties in this study was defining what a “true friend” actually was. Therefore,
Noah asked people how many true friends they had, with the qualification that a “true friend” = a close friend whom you could trust with anything.
Anthony asked people how many true friends they had, with the qualification that a “true friend” = an above-average friend upon whom you could depend.
Noah’s average (# of true friends per student): 3
Anthony’s average (# of true friends per student): 5
Conclusion: Both these numbers are above the national average for true friends. One reason for this might be because students at UNCSA live on campus and constantly interact with each other. UNCSA has a concentrated bubble of socialization, and therefore it can be said that this school has a greater amount of social capital than America as a whole.
*our research team does not discriminate with respect to race, age, gender, orientation, art school , height, hair color, shoe size, vocal range, number of socks, musical preference (except if you like Taylor Swift), or favorite TV show.