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Beat this! You just can't have more than 200 friends on Facebook
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.
 
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15 killed in terror attack at Pakistan varsity: Report
Peshawar : At least 15 people, including two gunmen, were killed in when terrorists stormed the Bacha Khan University in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday, Dawn reported citing Edhi Foundation sources.
 
The gunmen opened fire at students and faculty members who had gathered in a school on the varsity campus for a poetry recital to commemorate the anniversary of the activist and leader after whom the school is named.
 
There were conflicting reports from the site initially with CNN news placing the toll at seven. "It's not yet clear how many of the dead are attackers and how many are civilians," a CNN report said.
 
State-run PTV quoted a police official as saying that three armed men entered the university premises and opened fire. 
 
Heavy firing took place inside Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda town as security forces took on the armed assailants in a gun fight, witnesses said. Several people also heard explosions, a media report said. 
 
Television reports said a large contingent of security forces rushed to the site and engaged the assailants in a gun battle.
 
A woman inside the university told Dawn that intense firing was under way.
 
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Retirement : PFRDA Issues Draft Norms for NPS Retirement Advisers
The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) is framing rules for ‘retirement advisers’ who are expected to play a major role in propagating the New Pension System (NPS). The regulations provide a framework for their eligibility, registration process, fees and define the scope of their work and responsibility, PFRDA said in a press note.
 
As per the draft, an individual, firm or a corporate body, acting as a retirement adviser on NPS, will have to obtain a certificate of registration from PFRDA. The individual, proprietors, partners and representatives of a retirement adviser should be at least graduates. Advisers, which are a body corporate or partnership firm, would have to provide a security deposit or performance guarantee of Rs1 lakh to PFRDA; in case of individuals, the amount proposed is Rs10,000.
 
Educating and making people aware of the benefits of the retirement planning and creating awareness about pension schemes is critical for increasing participation in the voluntary segment of NPS.
 

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