Sometimes study findings are just too good to be true. Or in this case, too sensational to be true.
We recently came across an interesting new study that says the bigger your Facebook friend roster is, the larger your brain is.
Researchers at the University College of London took brain scans from 125 university students, all of who are active on Facebook, and compared those results with the number of Facebook friends each individual has.
Wait a minute, let’s stop right here! 125 university students? Active Facebook users?
So right from the start, we are dealing with a very specific sample demographic. If you aren’t a college-aged student who spends countless hours hanging out on Facebook then these results need not apply.
Phew. Now that us “adults” have covered that little demographic issue, we no longer have to live each day thinking our brains are smaller than average. Now on to the findings.
According to the researchers, certain focal regions of the brain, specifically the areas responsible for processing, social perception and memory, have a higher gray matter density in the students with more Facebook friends.
Data also supports that a high number of online friends and a high number of real-world friends are linked to the same areas with high gray matter density.
Long story short, scientists are consistently finding trends in biological studies of the internet and human interaction.
So while the information doesn’t conclude whether the larger brain is a result of having more friends, or vice versa, the data is still a useful tool towards understanding how and if the internet is changing our internal wiring.
We have a feeling there will be more studies like this one coming out real soon. Stay tuned…