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The Human Brain Can Handle Up To 150 Online Friends

Are you one of those people who has 1,600 Facebook friends and follows 20,325 people on Twitter? Well, be aware that your brain can only follow about 150 of them.

A study from the 1990s calculated that the human brain can handle around 150 human relationships maximum. Now more recent research from Indiana University finds our brains work the very same way online with social media.

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So you might think you're cool and hip because you've collected 942 Facebook friends, but your mind got overwhelmed a long time ago and forced you to drop your list of regular contacts to -- you guessed it -- right around 150 people. Isn't that "hide" feature great?

The next time your overly-networked friends start bragging about their social media networking prowess, ask them how many of these online contacts they actually pay attention to on a daily basis and then sit back and watch them squirm. Um, all of them? They're all important to me. They're my friends! Well, actually, I only have so much time...

Hmmm. Maybe social media isn't all that social after all, since our brains can only process so much information? Unfortunately, I don't think there's going to be an app for that.


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