Entries in Social Networking (4)


Women More 'Unfriendly' Than Men, Study Says

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Women and young adults are more unfriendly than men -- on social networks, that is.  At least that’s what a new study released on Friday by the Pew Research Center reveals.

According to the report, two-thirds of Internet users are on social networking sites and a good chunk of them -- 63 percent -- have deleted “friends.”

And not only is de-friending up from 2009 by 19 percent, but women and young adults are the ones hitting the “unfriend” button the most.

“Some 67 percent of women who maintain a profile say they have deleted people from their network, compared with 58 percent of men,” the Privacy Management on Social Media Sites report states.

Young adults -- those between 18 and 29 -- are more apt to delete contacts than users between 30 and 49.

While women are more aggressive in pruning their friends lists, they are also more stringent when it comes to protecting their information on social networking sites, says Pew.

More than half of social network site users -- 58 percent -- say their main profile is set to “private” so only their friends can see it, and women more often choose the “highest restriction" -- 67 percent of women versus 48 percent of men.

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Losing Facebook Friends? It May Be Something You Said

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Are you losing Facebook friends? If so, you may want to look at what you're posting. A new poll from NM Incite, a Nielsen/McKinsey company, reveals that 55 percent of users remove friends because of offensive comments.

Forty-one percent of those surveyed cited a lack of real-life friendship as a common reason for removing users from their friends list. Thirty-nine percent of users said they're likely to do away with a Facebook friendship because of a solicitation to buy something. Depressing comments were the reason 23 percent of those polled said they remove friends.

Here are some other findings from the survey:

  • 82% of respondents add friends because they know them in real life.
  • 16% of those surveyed said they use Facebook for dating, and a majority of that percentage was male.
  • 8% said they add people to their friends list based simply on physical attractiveness.

Click here for more on this study.

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The More Facebook Friends You Have, the Bigger Your Brain?

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The more Facebook friends you have, the bigger bits of your brain are, British neuroscientists say.

Using brain imaging, researchers from University College London found that brain areas linked to social skills were larger in college students with sprawling social networks than in Facebook users with fewer friends.  The team also found a strong correlation between the size of students’ online and offline social circles.

“We have found some interesting brain regions that seem to link to the number of friends we have -- both ‘real’ and ‘virtual,’” Ryota Kanai, lead author of the study published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, said in a statement.

The results of the study, which was originally conducted with 125 college students, were later replicated in 40 more participants.  The researchers cautioned that correlation does not mean causation but said they hoped to clarify how friends -- and Facebook -- shape our brains.

“The exciting question now is whether these [brain] structures change over time,” said Kanai.  “This will help us answer the question of whether the Internet is changing our brains.”

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Is Facebook Bad for Kids?

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Millions of kids are actively using Facebook -- some even in violation of the social network's rule that members be 13 years of age -- according to Consumer Reports, but one expert says that all this new technology can have some pluses.

Dr. Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at California State University, recently did a presentation for the American Psychological Association titled "Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both Help and Harm Our Kids."

He told ABC News that Facebook provided "really wonderful opportunities" for children to grow, develop and learn life.

"The more time that kids are on Facebook doing Facebook updates [and] posting photos the more they're able to show empathy or understanding or sharing feelings with someone else online," Rosen said. "Even better yet that seems to be predicting that they get better doing it in the real world too."

He said his research had identified some problems, however.

"Kids who spent more time on Facebook tended to show more signs of narcissism," he said.

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