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Study Determines How Many Best Friends We Have

4 ... or maybe 5

(Newser) - British anthropologist Robin Dunbar made a name for himself in the '90s when he hypothesized that there is a strong correlation among primates between brain size and social circles—and he most notably suggested that we humans can only really maintain close relationships with five people, reports MIT Technology... More »

The Longer You Can Do This, the More Friends You May Have

The connection between friends and pain tolerance is explored

(Newser) - Having a healthy network of friends can do you a lot of good , but can it also save you from a lot of pain? Researchers reporting in the journal Scientific Reports seem to think so. They say that one's ability to tolerate pain can actually predict the size of... More »

Even a Second of Laughter Speaks Volumes

Scientists find that across cultures humans are good at discerning intimacy via laughter

(Newser) - What can be revealed in just a brief moment of laughter—an audio recording a mere second long, played without any context to people in two dozen different parts of the world? Quite a lot, it turns out. In fact, that tiny blip of sound is enough for many of... More »

Smart People Happier When Not Socializing With Pals

It all leads back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors: scientists

(Newser) - A study delving into the well-being of young people came up with two main findings: that people who live in more densely populated areas tend to be less happy, and that the more socializing one does with close friends, the more satisfied that person says he or she is, the... More »

John Paul Letters Show 'Intense' Friendship With Married Woman

32-year correspondence includes 'deeply personal' notes, pics

(Newser) - Photos and more than 350 "intense" letters from Pope John Paul II to a married woman he corresponded with for more than three decades have been found at the National Library of Poland, Deutsche Welle reports, via a BBC documentary. The notes and images—often showing the pontiff, who... More »

150 Friends on Facebook? You're Close to Only 4

No, social media isn't helping you grow the number of your friends

(Newser) - Social media may make managing friendships logistically easier, but perhaps unsurprisingly, Facebook and the like aren't actually helping you grow your circle of true friends. So reports evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar this month in the journal Royal Society Open Science, after analyzing research conducted in April and May of... More »

Decade of Playing Lottery Pays Off for 5 Friends

They're splitting a $106 million jackpot

(Newser) - Two limo drivers, a housekeeper, a teacher, and a small-business owner finally have enough money to form a Village People for the new millennium after winning a $106 million lottery jackpot last month. But, they'll probably just use it for travel or something. WNBC-TV reports the five friends—announced... More »

Pope Francis Laments His Phony 'Friends'

'I have felt used,' the pontiff says

(Newser) - Pope Francis might be one of the most popular pontiffs in recent memory, but his fame comes at a price. "I have felt used by people who presented themselves as my friends and whom I hadn't seen more than once or twice in my life. They have used... More »

How 10 Happy Friends Can Alter Your Depression

Researchers say depression doesn't spread

(Newser) - Happiness is contagious, but depression doesn't rub off on you, according to a new study out of England. Researchers examined data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to study the moods of some 2,000 American high school students, according to a press release . By... More »

For a Happy Marriage, Wed Your Best Friend

Generally speaking, married people are happier, says study

(Newser) - Marital bliss is easy to find, according to a new study : just marry your best friend. Two economists pored over surveys about well-being and found that in most places, married people are happier—even when controlling for their happiness-level before marriage, the New York Times reports. (Where it's not... More »

75% of White People Have Zero Minority Friends

Average white person with 100 friends has 1 black friend, survey notes

(Newser) - Three-quarters of white Americans lack any minority friends, a survey finds: Their social networks, according to the Public Religion Research Institute, are "entirely white." The average white person with 100 friends, meanwhile, would have a single black friend, a single Latino friend, one Asian friend, and one mixed-race... More »

9% of Us Lack Close Friends

UK study's results about right for the US, too: expert

(Newser) - Having no close buddies might sound lonely, but it's not so rare—at least not according to a British study that finds that almost one in 10 people lack close friends. In other words, about 4.7 million Britons don't have BFFs, the Guardian notes; that's a... More »

Genetically, Close Friends Like Distant Cousins

Study claims close friends share 1% of their genetic makeup

(Newser) - A new study from authors at Yale and the University of California San Diego says we share a bit of DNA with our close friends. The study claims close friends share 1% of their genetic makeup. That's about the same similarity as fourth cousins—or those who have the... More »

Your Friends Change—but Not How Many You Have

Study finds we have finite capacity for close relationships

(Newser) - A new study offers a rather stark picture of how long-term friendships work: While we might not stay friends with the same people throughout our lives, we do tend to maintain the same number of friends, researchers say. In other words, "our capacity for maintaining emotionally close relationships is... More »

Guys Play Complex Game of Tag— for 23 Years

Old school buddies stay in touch ... literally

(Newser) - Imagine hiding in the trunk of your friend's car as part of a game of tag—and doing it as an adult. That's exactly what Sean Raftis, a priest, did in the 1990s to tag his old school buddy Joe Tombari. When the trunk opened, Raftis jumped out... More »

Pals Re-Create Same Photo for Decades

Pose every five years at California's Copco Lake

(Newser) - In 1982, five young men posed for a photo at a California lake. Little did they know then that they'd be doing the same thing every five years for the rest of their lives. They've just marked the 30th anniversary of the tradition, and the series of photos... More »

Facebook Users Have More Real Friends

...and other surprising social network stats

(Newser) - Facebook friends aren’t real buddies, right? Wrong, according to a new study. People who use the social network multiple times a day have an average of “9% more close, core ties in their overall social network compared with other internet users,” the Pew study says. And yes,... More »

Hey, America: Stop Hugging Me

Do we really need to touch this much? asks Juliet Lapidos

(Newser) - We’re facing a hugging epidemic in America: not only do we hug our friends constantly, we’re also expected to hug our friends’ girlfriends’ coworkers, writes Juliet Lapidos in Slate . Sure, there are times when hugs are called for: when the hugger is your boyfriend, or your mother, or... More »

Your Kids' 'Friends' May Actually Hate Them

Kids often think they're pals with someone who dislikes them: Study

(Newser) - New research on elementary school kids suggests that as many as in 1 in 8 relationships a child has may be "unbalanced." In other words, one child feels the other is a friend, while the other child actually dislikes him or her. Prior research has focused on friendship... More »

The Real Reason Religious People Are Happier

It's not because of God...

(Newser) - It's relationships with people—not God—that make religious people happy, a new study suggests. While several studies have shown that when it comes to life satisfaction, the devout are more satisfied than nonbelievers, the latest findings show that's because of the social network they build at church. "We... More »

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