Dunbar’s number: Why we can only maintain 150 relationships

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The theory of Dunbar’s number holds that we can only really maintain about 150 connections at once. But is the rule true in today’s world of social media?

If you’ve ever been romantically rejected by someone who just wanted to be friends, you may have delivered a version of this line: “I’ve got enough friends already.” Your implication, of course, being that people only have enough emotional bandwidth for a certain number of buddies.

It turns out that’s not just an excuse. There are well-defined limits to the number of friends and acquaintances the average person can retain. But the question about whether these limits are the same in today’s digital world – one in which it’s common to have social media profiles, or online forums, with thousands of followers – is more complicated.

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Watching tearjerkers actually makes people happier: Study

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Watching a tragedy movie caused people to think about their own close relationships, which in turn boosted their life happiness.

People enjoy watching tragedy movies like “Titanic” because they deliver what may seem to be an unlikely benefit: tragedies actually make people happier in the short-term.

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Women are happier in relationships when empathetic partner feels their pain

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Relationship satisfaction was directly related to men’s ability to read their female partner’s positive emotions correctly.

According to a new study published by the American Psychological Association, men like to know when their wife or girlfriend is happy while women really want the man in their life to know when they are upset

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Commuter marriages on the rise

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David and Candice Knox spend about half the year together with a few weeks apart followed by a few working apart.

Candice and David Knox have been married for 13 years.  They met at a seminar 20 years ago in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The couple jokes they had to go through customs just to date. Little did they know four years ago when the economy tanked and Candice Knox got a job offer in Palm Desert, that the anniversary luggage he gave her 10 years ago would come in handy.

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Many single people looking for love, but marriage not a priority

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Marriage has been declining steadily in the USA for more than 35 years.

Many singles appear to be enjoying their unencumbered and unmarried state that two-thirds aren’t even sure they want to marry, suggests a broad national survey of the dating habits, sexual behaviors and lifestyles of 5,541 single adults across the U.S.

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