New Study Reveals Facebook Friends Are Unreliable

The advent of social media platforms like Facebook has made human beings adopt a more cavalier attitude towards friendships. When communicating online, people tend to see their friends list as an indication of their popularity and success among other individuals. As a result, it’s quite common for social media users to add old school friends, random people they encountered online and anyone else to increase the number of friends seen on a public profile. Don’t get me wrong, social media platforms are fantastic for keeping in contact with people across large distances, and some of my closest friends live in another country. However, there does seem to be this need to have thousands of online friends and show off. In extreme cases, some users even add individuals they never speak to which can only be down to an egotistical personality.

According to a new study by Robin Dunbar, human beings cannot rely on Facebook friends to exhibit a sympathetic response or act in a caring manner. Dunbar is already a renowned expert in this field with the paper, Dunbar’s number which argues people can only maintain 150 stable relationships. In this latest piece, Dunbar analysed a UK sample of 3,375 Facebook users between the ages of 18 and 65. On average, people had 150 Facebook friends but admitted they could only count on 4.1% of them during an emotional crisis. Furthermore, the data shows a mere 13.6% expressed sympathy. Here is a brief snippet of Dunbar’s findings and provides a great insight into his research:

“The sizes of the two inner friendship circles did not differ from those previously identified in offline samples,”

“Having a lot more than 150 followers doesn’t change things much, either. Heavy users of online social media do not have larger offline social networks than casual users, even though more of these may appear online for heavy users.”

While it’s important to reiterate that some online relationships are just as important as “real-life” ones, there’s a worrying trend of Facebook users only adding people on the basis of increasing the perception they are more popular. This really is a depressing notion and shows how narcissistic society has become.

How many friends do you have on Facebook?

Friends Make Surprising Move With One Off Special

Friends are coming back to our screens. Sort of…

The cast is getting back together on their old TV network, NBC, to pay tribute to the veteran sitcom director James Burrows. Burrows has recently held his 1000th TV episode, he has helmed series such as Taxi and the Bob Newhart Show. He has directed 15 episodes of friends, one of which was the pilot episode.

While the special is about Burrows, the reunion of the cast of Friends — which launched in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons — is obviously the highlight. All six original cast members (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer) are on board.

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The average friends episode took 5 hours to film, meaning that in total around 1180 hours were spent making the entire 10 seasons. That is a fair old time for a TV series! Hopefully, the two hour’s air time will be enough to please the immense amount of fans that loved the show. The news comes as a surprise, especially over the news on the 1st of may last year, which came from the shows co-creator Marta Kaufman telling us that there would be no chance of a reunion.

“There will never ever – it’s not to going to happen. They have to let it go,” she told E!’s Marc Malkin on the red carpet for the premiere of her new Netflix show, Grace and Frankie.

Well, that clearly has changed – for this short little get together anyway! The episode will be aired on the 21st of Feb.

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Meet the Guy With the Largest Number of Facebook Friends

How many friends do you have on Facebook’s popular social media platform? Studies say that the average person between 18 and 28 years old has around 300, while older users have around 200. I personally have around 300 as well, but this guy from Melbourne would really make true Facebook users jealous.

Justin Tayler, a nightclub promoter, has reached the 5000 friend cap, making him one of the most popular people on Facebook. He says that people constantly communicate with him and leave likes/shares and other dozens of notifications, so it makes it very difficult for him to leave his account unchecked for a long time.

The guy started out as a PE teacher at a university and created his account back in 2009. He also had around 300 friends at first, but once he switched careers and became a nightclub worker, his friends list started to grow exponentially. His passion for nightclubs made him a very popular figure, having people adding him to their friends list to see what events he is attending.

The whole Facebook hype also brought him some business opportunities too. Tayler found out about a 17-year old who was throwing underage parties and making up to $1200 in entry fees. Of course, when you mix underage with parties, you don’t get something that authorities would agree with. So Taylor struck a deal with the kid and now he can still sale his tickets, but under adult supervision.

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Tinder Adds Instagram Support so You Can Share Your Most Private Videos with Strangers

Tinder made quite a bit of progress lately, especially on its subscription side. However, the Facebook integration doesn’t seem to be enough for the company, which now aims to roll out a new update that adds Instagram support to its growing ‘swipy’ world.

The latest Tinder update is said to let you swipe through Instagram photos, with support of up to 34 photos and videos for each account. The company has even integrated so as to redirect you to the person’s Instagram profile upon tapping a picture, providing he or she has the profile public.

Instagram is said to provide Tinder users with a better overview of how socially connected you are to the person you are about to swipe. Up until now, the Facebook integration showed you the friends you have in common with the person you are viewing, but it wasn’t enough to get you a match. Tinder aims to bring a more detailed feature that lets you have a glimpse of who that person is and hopes to bring better matches in the future.

Tinder has also announced that the integration will be available for both free and pro subscribers, so if you either use the app just for a laugh or hope to find your other half, you can still fiddle with the company’s latest feature. But let’s be honest about it, who uses Tinder as a professional dating app? Do you?

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Meet Snapcash – Send Money Through Snapchat

Snapchat has just revealed their first product partnership with a third party company – Square Cash, claiming they have been big fans since it’s creation. Square Cash allows you to send money to your friends by simply typing a dollar value into a subject line on your email and hitting send.

The partnership will see this type of money transfer method placed into Snapchat’s current app infrastructure, with the process explained on the Californian-based companies official blog just today:

“The product you’re seeing today is fast, fun, and incredibly simple. After you enter your debit card, it’s securely stored by Square, who will swiftly process your payment and send cash directly to your friend’s bank account. Just swipe into chat, type the dollar sign, an amount (e.g. $11.25), and hit the green button.” Snapchat

It sounds like a pretty easy and convenient feature, however with one major flaw. There’s no talk about in-app security here – if you log in to your normal internet banking applications, they’ll require some form of a PIN code entry alongside disabling the app every time it senses an external application coming into play (like Facebook Messenger being opened over the top). But I see nothing in this release pointing towards this fact. It seems that if you’re going to use this new feature, you should make sure that your phone has a pass-code on the lock screen!

Snapchat makes sure to mention that Square will be dealing with the server-side security of this partnership, claiming that they have ‘a ton’ of experience in this area.

Snapcash has now been made available for 18-year-old and above users in the United States who have a debit card. If you’re interested, here’s their release video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBwjxBmMszQ

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Friends and Seinfeld Recreated in The Sims 4

People all around the world have loved recreating their homes or rather for the most part creating their dream homes in the Sims series. The first game was released 14 years ago, while the most recent edition to the series was launched just 2 weeks ago, The Sims 4.

The short time on the market hasn’t held The Sims ‘super fan’ Ian Roach back, and he’s heavily designing and releasing shots of is creations. Among his project so far are several location from Friends, Seinfeld, Golden Girls and Arrested Development, with many accurate details included. There is still room for improvement, but he’s gotten all the key aspects right.

From the mismatched inventory in the Central Perk coffee house, to the Chandler and Joey’s reclining chairs and Monica’s apartment, it’s all there. Most work in Seinfeld has been done on Jerry’s apartment itself, but then again most of the show did play in that apartment. I did miss the diner a bit, but I’m sure it’s on Ian’s to-do list. Ian is however creating the entire buildings with as many rooms as shown in the respective shows.

A lot more things are teased with “Guess the show” titles on his Imgur page, and there are also a lot more shots there than I could show you here. For gamers who have The Sims 4 in the library and are eager to check it out in-game, they can search for Ian’s Origin ID ‘ian8000’ in the Sims Gallery.

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Images courtesy of Ian Roach.

Jimmy Kimmel Got Bored Waiting for a Friends Reunion, Awesome Ensues

As a big fan of Friends I’ve always wanted to see just one more episode of the show (and nope, the Joey show didn’t count). It seems that for better or for worse the show didn’t come back to our screens, but that hasn’t stopped Jimmy Kimmel from pulling an incredible stunt while interviewing Jennifer Aniston on his show.

Jimmy wrote his own fan fiction for an episode of Friends and cast himself as Ross, but I don’t really want to spoil much more of the video since it’s full of its own little surprises, so enjoy the clip!

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OK so this was pretty silly, but it was still great to see some of the team back together on the (fake) set of Friends. Still, it makes me want to see the show return more than ever! Would be nice given that I usually have Friends on the TV through the day while I’m working… soo many repeats!

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ECHO Urgent Messenger Aims to Notify Your Friends When You Are In Distress

A new personal SOS device is apparently in the works over at Indiegogo website, having it be able to let people know where you are and even speak to them after you press the ‘panic button’. The device by the name of ECHO Urgent Messenger, which basically has the same principle as a normal panic button, is said to fit on your keychain and help you in calling for help whenever you need it. The company is aiming to raise at least $5,000 in order to start production for the aforementioned gadget.

What makes the device stand out of the crowd is its ability to add friends to the contacts it sends a distress signal upon triggered. Aside from the staff, who will receive your distress signal and be able to talk to you (if you can) or at least listen to what is going on, the device is said to let users add individual phone, email and even Facebook contacts, who will be notified about your distress as soon as you press the button.

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The message sent when triggered is said to contain your location within five feet, based on GPS, GLONASS and cell tower triangulation. However, with all the privacy concerns out there, this might sound as a way people could track your every movement. Nonetheless, the company has stated that all location tracking features will only activate once the user presses the button and will remain deactivated otherwise.

In terms of power, the ECHO gadget is said to run on a AAA battery, having the company stating that it would last as long as 7 years in standby or 5 hours of talk time in the case where it has been triggered. People interested in acquiring one can pledge at least $144 and wait for it to be delivered in December, though the target crowdfunding plays an important role to its actual release on the market.

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Study Reveals Gamers To Be More Educated, Social and Successful Than Non-Gamers

Gamers have always been thought to be comprised mostly by loners and rejects, the so-called nerds who live in their parent’s basement and play video games all day long. However, a recent study has shed light on this dilemma, revealing that only one perception is true from the previously mentioned, which is that gamers are truly nerds.

A study commissioned by the video game streaming network Twitch and conducted by social researcher Neil Howe revealed an entirely fresh perspective of the gaming community by suggesting that gamers are more successful, social and more educated than the non-gamer society. The company is said to have surveyed more than 1,000 people via the Internet regarding their gaming habits while also extracting some demographic information. For the case study at hand, it has been said that a typical ‘gamer’ was defined as an individual who has played a game on a digital device in the past 60 days, having over 60% of surveyed individuals in total fitting the profile.

According to The Washington Post, who received a copy of the case study, gamers are more likely to be living with others, such as family, friends or significant others, and are more likely to agree with the following statement: “My friends are the most important thing in my life”, having 57% of gamers agree with the statement. The study also reveals that gamers are also divided more evenly by gender, with 52% identified as being male and 48% female, compared to a similar study back in 2004 revealing an estimated 40% of female gamers.

Another aspect extracted from the case study is said to reveal that gamers are slightly more likely to be employed full-time, having 42% of gamers employed full-time, compared to the 39% non-gamer full-time employees. In terms of media habits, it has been identified that gamers spend more time using their gadgets and also tend to spend a lot of time with media through popular video streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.

Though most modern gamers already are familiar and agree with the provided information, it is nice to see Twitch and Neil Howe providing some actual hard facts and truthful information regarding the definition of a ‘Gamer’ and hopefully diminish the false rumors which have been roaming around the non-gamer community for some time now.

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Crytek Announces a Homefront Sequel Named Homefront: The Revolution

The first Homefront game was not considered as a big success by THQ, having it be more of a mainstream shooter. Since then, THQ went bankrupt and no further development could be considered given THQ’s situation. Crytek however saw potential in the title and bought the brand.

Since then, Crytek has been working hard to make this launch a success and also add its CryEngine touches to the title. The name of the upcoming sequel is Homefront: The Revolution, which will come out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, as well as PC.

The game itself is said to be open-world, having the action set in Philadelphia and focusing mostly on guerrilla warfare style. The player is said to take the role of a freedom fighter, who alongside other civilians start to fight against the oppressors.

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The story involves the Korean army, which has been ruling the country for about four years, until the uprising begins and the player fights to overthrow them in order to bring freedom to the region once more. It is also said that the player will have to craft his own weapons and use the surroundings during gameplay, since the opposing force already controls the area and implicitly all the weapons and resources.

Crytek is also looking to break the mainstream shooting feel and add focus more on the open-world environment, where players can team up with friends and play in co-op mode. The only thing linking the two Homefront titles is said to be the story. More details about the game are unknown at the moment, but Crytek is bound to present it at E3 next week.

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Demo For Xbox One Friends App Released

A walk-through of the new Xbox One friends app has been demoed by Major Nelson, and has dealt with two of the most primary parts of the app, which are ‘friends’ and ‘followers’. The retired colonel takes you through the distinguishing factors between the two parts in this video demo.

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In Xbox One friends, the number of friends is a finite number, usually limited up to a few thousand. Meanwhile, the number of followers has no such restrictions. Additionally, you can befriend your follower by deciding to follow your friend back in return, which would unlock information available to each other, you can check when your friends is online, and their latest achievements in real-time.

“A great driver in ‘Forza Motorsport 5,’ for example, could have a huge group of thousands or even millions of followers all tracking their performance in-game,” Rob Lehew, Xbox Live Program Manager, said. “Those followers can have this driver on their personal leaderboard so that they can constantly keep track of how they stack-up, and they can potentially connect online with the driver to get into a race with him.”

All friends will just get ported over to the Xbox One, so Xbox 360 gamers have nothing to worry about if they value their old friends too much. The video posted above will take you  through a tour of the app.

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