2.13 Friends in the Fandom

On average, about half of a furry’s friends are furries themselves. This is comparable to members of other fandoms, although convention-going anime fans report having significantly more friends who are also anime fans. This may be due, in part, to the fact that the interests of anime fans are more mainstream than those of furries, making it easier to find friends in the fandom and publicly share one’s interest in anime.1

2-13 friends in fandom fandoms

Follow-up analyses suggest that furries and convention-going anime fans did not differ in the number of friends that they had (and, indeed, both groups reported having significantly more friends than online anime fans or fantasy sport fans). As such, the difference in proportion of friends who are fans between the two groups is driven by the fact that convention-going anime fans have more anime fan friends, not by simply having fewer friends.


  1. IARP 2014 3-fandom study

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