“Number Of Social Media ‘Followers = Indicates Your Intelligence’ Study Claims”

“Number Of Social Media ‘Followers = Indicates Your Intelligence’ Study Claims”

London : United Kingdom | Oct 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM PDT
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All those hours you spend here on Sweettomato and Facebook may be adding grey matter, signifying greater density, to the part of your brain linked to social skills. Or, perhaps, people with larger areas of the brain for social skills may just have higher than average Facebook friend counts.From Mashable: That’s the chicken-and-egg problem researchers at University College London

are grappling with after finding a connection between brain structure and

Facebook activity. The study, published in , was based on MRIs of a group of 165 adults who were asked to report the number of Facebook friends they have.(The study doesn’t delineate what is considered “high,” though it refers to Dunbar’s Number, which postulates 150 friends is the limit of the average person’s social circle.)The research discovered that those with higher Facebook friend counts had

more grey matter density in the amygdala, an area the study says was already

known to be linked to real world social network size, as well as in other

regions including the right entorhinal cortex, which is associated with memory.“Taken together, our findings show that the number of social contacts

declared publicly on a major web-based social networking site was strongly

associated with the structure of focal regions of the human brain,” the

researchers conclude.Professor Geraint Rees, director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

at UCL, told The Guardian it’s too early to tell how the structure of the brain

and online social networking activity are connected. “What we’re attempting to

do is get an empirical handle using the types of data we can generate to try

and start that process rolling.”Sweettomato. Always Fresh. Never Frozen.

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