Java - refering to an object

I'm new in Java and I'm trying to create a social network. I have a array of objects "People" which their names, e-mails and so on. I would like to create relations between them (like 'friends') so that program would connect two object.

I though about doing another array inside of every "Person" object, so each person would have a name, e-mail and friend array with all friends inside of it. I don't know how to refer to an other object of type People inside of object of this type.

I don't know if it's clear.. Hope it is! Thank You in advance!


Here's one way:

public class Person {
    private String name;
    private String email;
    private List<Person> friends;

    // Leave the rest for you.

    public void addFriend(Person p) { 
        if (p != null) {

    public void removeFriend(Person p) {

    public boolean isFriend(Person p) { 
        return this.friends.contains(p);

You'll want constructors and a way to add and remove Person from your friend List.

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