July 16, 2014
People Unconsciously Limit Their Social Circles
A new study from the University of Oxford and University of Chester reveals that we have a “one-in, one-out” policy when it comes to friends. Even though social media makes it easier for us to communicate with more people, researchers say we have a finite emotional capacity. They used students that were transitioning from high school to college to conduct their study. They found that even if participants made new friends, their social signatures – like number of phone calls – remained the same. Researchers believe this occurs because of a limited amount of time to communicate as well as the immense cognitive and emotional effort required to sustain close relationships.
[ Read the Article: Make New Friends, But Keep The Old? New Study Claims Otherwise ]