Remember the movie Funny People in which Adam Sandler played a standup comic that performed for Myspace?

And remember, how during that performance, Sandler made a joke about the “more friends you have on Myspace, the less friends you have in real life?

Hilarious, right?

Although this theory might prove true for Myspace, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, the opposite may be true for Facebook Users.

Last year, the Pew Internet and American Life Project conducted a study of 2,255 adults to “examine social networking sites” and explore “overall social networks and how use of these technologies is related to trust, tolerance, social support, and community and political engagement.”

How did Facebook users compare to non-Facebook users and general internet users?

The study revealed that if a person used Facebook more than several times a day, they had a strong link to their friends, showing that, on average, they have 9%  more close, core ties in their overall social network compared with other internet users.

Furthermore, Facebook friends can act as “emotional support” as well as an “instrumental aid” (i.e. “you’re sick? here’s some chicken soup! I saw your status!”).

The study also revealed that Facebook users tend to be more politically active than non-facebook users and that the average Facebook user has never met 7% percent of their “friends”, which is pretty low compared to other social networks.

So, suck it, Sandler.