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Do you really know how friends feel pain, pleasure? Here’s an answer

Do you really know how friends feel pain, pleasure? Here’s an answer

This kind of prediction, what researchers call an "affective forecast," also plays a critical role in the decisions we make for others.

DNA: PM Modi honoured in short film based on Barack Obama's achievements

Friendship between Barack Obama and Narendra Modi placed in Obama's achievement short film. Watch complete news story of DNA for getting detailed updates!

Five things you must NEVER DO to a friend

Five things you must NEVER DO to a friend

Friendship day (August 7, 2016) is just around the corner and on this occasion, we will take you through five things that you mustn’t ever do to your friend.

Want a better life? Practice these 5 habits – Watch video

Want a better life? Practice these 5 habits – Watch video

Watch this video to learn how to live happy!

Men can have more female friends – Here’s how

Men can have more female friends – Here’s how

The findings showed that boys high in cognitive empathy attracted an average of 1.8 more girl friendships than low empathy counterparts.

Must read: Couples should be friends first – Here’s why

Must read: Couples should be friends first – Here’s why

According to the US psychologists, being friends in a relationship is the "most important factor" for satisfying sex life and longevity.

Are we bad at judging our real friends?

Are we bad at judging our real friends?

Most people feel that friendship is a two-way street, but only half of your buddies would actually consider you their friend, a study has found, adding that this limits their ability to influence them and further impacts on human behaviour.

Are you a good friend? - Take this test to find out

Are you a good friend? - Take this test to find out

Though we all have big plans for our futures, there is one thing that we always strive to be: a good friend. While many of us keep friendship goals to impress people – some fail at maintaining their bonds because of various issues.

Beat this! You just can't have more than 200 friends on Facebook

Beat this! You just can't have more than 200 friends on Facebook

According to an interesting research, the average number of real close friends people have on the social networking site is less than 200.

London: If someone claims that he or she has over 1,000 friends on Facebook, he or she is probably lying.

 

According to an interesting research, the average number of real close friends people have on the social networking site is less than 200, and here too women triumph with more genuine friends than men.

 

According to psychologist professor Robin Dunbar from the University of Oxford who conducted two surveys, among regular social media users, the average number of friends they had on Facebook was 155 in the first survey and 183 in the second.

 

Women had more friends than men (in the first sample, women averaged 166 and men just 145 friends; in the second, it was 196 vs 157) while - perhaps unsurprisingly - older generations had fewer friends than younger ones, Dunbar found.

 

According to him, social media certainly help to slow down the natural rate of decay in relationship quality that would set in once we cannot readily meet friends face-to-face.

 

"But no amount of social media will prevent a friend eventually becoming 'just another acquaintance' if you don't meet face-to-face from time to time,” Dunbar explained in a paper published in Royal Society Open Science journal.

 

"There is something paramount about face-to-face interactions that is crucial for maintaining friendships. Seeing the white of their eyes from time to time seems to be crucial to the way we maintain friendships,” he added.

 

Offline, research has given rise to what's called the Social Brain Hypothesis. This says that our brain's ability to process multiple relationships creates a natural group size of 100-200 people for humans.

 

This size is also constrained by the time required to maintain relationships - we only have so much time to devote to meeting or talking to people.

 

Social media may seem to be a way to make and maintain hundreds of friendships.

 

It has been suggested that social media might overcome the constraints because posts, tweets and pictures allow us to talk to many more people at the same time even if the interaction is not direct.

 

This prompted Dunbar to carry out two surveys of more than 3,300 people to see whether using the Internet really means we can have more friends.

 

The first survey group, made up of regular social media users, considered only 28 percent of their Facebook friends to be “genuine” (close) friends.

 

While a few people did have much larger groups of online “friends” on Facebook, they had similar sized support and sympathy groups to others.

 

This suggests that when social media seem to allow someone to have more friends, it is because looser acquaintances were being included in the 'friend' category.

 

"The research shows that face-to-face interaction is essential for truly authentic relationships and that shares, selfies and 'likes' are no replacement for the bonding that takes place while sharing food, experiences and anecdotes,” informed Sue Fudge, director at Dorset bakers Thomas J. Fudge's.

Chimp friendships are based on trust

Chimp friendships are based on trust

Friendship between chimpanzee pals is determined on the basis of trust, as amongst human beings, says an interesting study.

Will Nawaz Sharif investigate the convicts of Pathankot terror attack?- Part III

According to previous records, Pakistan has always gone down on their promise made with India in terms of investigation and inquiry.

Will Nawaz Sharif investigate the convicts of Pathankot terror attack?- Part II

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Will Nawaz Sharif investigate the convicts of Pathankot terror attack?

According to previous records, Pakistan has always gone down on their promise made with India in terms of investigation and inquiry.

When they met! The amazing tale of friendship between a jaguar and a dog - Watch

When they met! The amazing tale of friendship between a jaguar and a dog - Watch

Who says cats and dogs don’t mix well as pets? The unusual friendship between a jaguar and a Jack Russell dog, shown in the video here, will leave you in awe.

Shahid Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan strike close friendship

Shahid Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan strike close friendship

 Actors Malaika Arora Khan and Shahid Kapoor, who are currently seen as judges on dance reality show "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded", not just share a good bond, but also snacks in between shots!

Want to stay fit? Develop close friendships

Want to stay fit? Develop close friendships

Developing close friendships early in life may help children stay physically fit later in their adulthood, suggests new research.

Teenage friendships end soon: Study

Teenage friendships end soon: Study

Differences can cause conflict in friendships formed during teenage years and therefore lead to their early dissolution, says a new study.

I shared an unspoken bond with Amjad Khan: Amitabh Bachchan

I shared an unspoken bond with Amjad Khan: Amitabh Bachchan

 Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has revealed he and his "Sholay" co-star Amjad Khan had a great friendship that withstood difficult times.

Friendship hinges on individual personality

Friendship hinges on individual personality

One's personality decides whether you would strike a chord with a stranger, says an interesting study.

Friendship with Cruise led me to look into Scientology: Crowe

Friendship with Cruise led me to look into Scientology: Crowe

"Man of Steel" actor Russell Crowe has revealed he began looking into highly-talked religion Scientology when he was hanging out with fellow actor Tom Cruise and his then-wife Nicole Kidman.