The downside to having 583 friends on the 'book: You have to look at obnoxiously cheesy couples photos of a friend of a cousin of a friend of a coworker, whom you don't really know at all. The upside to having all those friends: You have a bigger brain. That's what some researchers from University College London are claiming after finding a direct correlation between the number of Facebook friends someone has and the size of four particular regions of her brain.
By Zoë Ruderman
The researchers were quick to point out that it's a link that they've found, not a cause. In a release on Eurekalert.org, they wrote, "It is not possible from the data to say whether having more Facebook friends makes the regions of the brain larger or whether some people are 'hard-wired' to have more friends."
And you know what else people with a big 'book network have? More real world friends. Yeah, we were kind of surprised too, but the scientists, who used 125 college students as subjects, claim it's true.
How many Facebook friends do you have? Do you think that the more FB friends someone has, the more real world friends he or she has too? What do you think about the finding that more friends on social media equals more friends offline? And what do you think constitutes a lot of Facebook friends?
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