One Friend In, One Friend Out

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    New research from the Universities of Oxford and Chester reveal that, although social media makes communication easier, we still have a “one-in,one-out” policy when it comes to friends.

     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