Unraveling TikTok’s ‘Seven Friends Theory’
Another day, another TikTok theory. This one states that you only need seven friends to be happy. With such a claim, friendship experts and therapists have weighed in on the topic.
The “Seven Friend Theory” suggests that you only need seven friends to be happy… as long as they fill a particular role. TikToker Allie Worton took to the platform and highlighted how the theory applies to her life. She then listed seven qualities and pictures of her friends that bring these particular characteristics into her life.
The Seven Friend Theory Roles
One of the roles includes a friend you’ve had since you were little. That was followed by a friend who could make you laugh in any situation and a friend you can go forever without talking to, but your relationship doesn’t change. Also, part of the theoretical friends is one who you can talk to about anything, a friend that’s like a sister. And wrapping up the seven friend theory roles is a friend you can’t imagine not being friends with and a friend that knows about all your relationship problems, even though they don’t want to hear about it.
Some people have pushed back on the theory, noting that one or two people can fit into more than one of these roles. For instance, there were only five Spice Girls in the group, not seven. There’s also been some criticism that this theory can present a limited view of the importance of connection and friendship. This means that you can let anyone into your friend circle, it doesn’t have to stop at seven or even come close to that number.
It’s unknown who started the Seven Friend Theory, but the trend has gained a lot of attention. The hashtag #7friendtsheory has over 12.5 million views on TikTok. While the related hashtag #SevenFriendsTheory has over 3 million.