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Sorry, Im too busy friend requesting random people so that I can look cool and increase my brain matter.... oh wait...

I guess people that went to small private high schools are just going to naturally be dumber than the social butterflies in the large metro area public schools.
    
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So is that part wrong then? i'm just trying to figure out what study actually claims.
People are assuming that the conclusion is that it heightens social perception, while it doesn't necessarily indicate that. It simply shows that there may be more gray matter in these particular regions, which has not been linked to a positive representation of their social awareness.

Let me provide this quote again.

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Originally Posted by Geraint Rees, clinical research fellow at University College London
While more gray matter in some areas of the brain can imply greater competence in some skills, greater mass in other regions may mean an individual is more easily distracted, Rees said.

...

“We don’t yet know whether more is good or not,” Rees told reporters in a telephone conference call. “What we do know is these changes in gray matter can be seen in a lot of situations.” - BusinessWeek
There is nothing conclusive as to whether there is a benefit or detriment from having these enlarged areas. However, it certainly doesn't indicate level of intelligence. Too many people in this thread have been assuming that the article is about size vs. intellect, when that has already been discounted as being inconsistent with research results.
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i have 942 friends on facebook, does that make me a genious??
 
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People are assuming that the conclusion is that it heightens social perception, while it doesn't necessarily indicate that. It simply shows that there may be more gray matter in these particular regions, which has not been linked to a positive representation of their social awareness.

Let me provide this quote again.



There is nothing conclusive as to whether there is a benefit or detriment from having these enlarged areas. However, it certainly doesn't indicate level of intelligence. Too many people in this thread have been assuming that the article is about size vs. intellect, when that has already been discounted as being inconsistent with research results.
Oh, okay, I never really claimed otherwise though. In fact, I was just saying that alot of people in the thread seem to be misunderstanding the results, as you said.
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Writers need to create better headlines for their articles instead of smearing half lie nonsense up to get clicks.

[CBS]More Facebook friends means bigger brain?

They know EXACTLY what people are going to take away from that.
    
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Writers need to create better headlines for their articles instead of smearing half lie nonsense up to get clicks.

[CBS]More Facebook friends means bigger brain?

They know EXACTLY what people are going to take away from that.
Indeed, but I am also rather irritated that people haven't been reading my posts when it's more or less a few above theirs, which clarifies the implications.
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heeeeres the thing about "scientific studies"

Most studies are done on two populations: lab rodents and college students. No joke. Most of scientific discovery has been based on these two populations and generalized to everyone else.

And another thing: The greater your N, or people in your study, the more power your study has. This means that even with insignificant results, if you have a ton of people, statistics will tell you that your results mean something. That being said, in the 100 range is a fairly good N.

However, as the study criteria are VERY narrow, generalizability here is really limited.
     
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If people actually read the article, you would realize that CBS made that attribution, not the scientists.

Welcome to media not knowing a thing about psychometrics and how to properly interpret a study. This happens every day.
 
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The Study and Title of this thread could not be more misleading, having more synaptical connections in the area of the brain for emotion, spatial reasoning etc, could be said for anyone Online, and "plugged in" more hours than those who are not into social media, as opposed to others who are not. Especially college students as others have already mentioned.

This is like saying those that are mechanics and work on Auto engines, have synaptical areas of the brain with more "Dense" synaptic regions for mechanics reasoning than those who are Librarians or Florists. No kidding.

Politicians have dense synaptic areas of the brain around separating themselves from accountability or their really dense super skill special skills in gab and lying

The words "Bigger Brain" is misleading and subject to a wide and wild amount of interpretations.

I don't think many commenting here are generally talking about the same thing as the study quoted. Some may be just grabbing the shallow title and then going up in textual flames over that in a far reaching interpretation.

OT: OK back to my morning beer, I'm on vacation in NYC, going to see "Wicked" broadway play tonight with my gal. This better be good, I could have bought a new GTX590 i dont need for the price of show and dinner. Some things you gotta do...Hell i might even enjoy myself. Go figure. Next vacation, Cincinatti Orchestra or Boston pops, i hear they both are brillant.
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Don't blame the title of the thread, lol. It's simply what the article was titled, and is the same as many, many of the alternative sources.
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