The report entitled "Social Networks can affect the structure of the human brain," the researchers BUPA shows a connection between the number of friends on social networks and the size of certain parts of the brain, resulting from NMR study sites 125 students. To confirm the results, scientists analyzed 40 cases of other people. A subset of 80 men who took part in the study were interviewed to find out how many friends they have in real life. Following this research, it was found that people who have more Facebook friends have more gray matter in three regions of the brain responsible for memory, echilibruşi visual sense.
Dr. Prerna Sharma - Senior Physician for Bupa Health and Wellbeing UK said: "Social networks are becoming increasingly popular and influential. However, we know very little about the impact they have on our brains and on health in general. While it may be an interesting research, not necessarily help us to understand the interaction using social networks or the impact that they have on the brain. It would be interesting to compare the MRI people who use social networking sites regularly to those of people who do not do this and see the differences. "
Zahal Levy - President MediHelp International comments on the study: "The results of this study not only provides us with interesting information about this situation, but modern life in general. We are dealing with stress and effort every day and live new experiences each time. All these have an effect on us, either physically or mentally. In this type of society, keywords are prevention and protection. With private medical insurance policies we offer with our partner Bupa International, we give customers the opportunity to lead a normal life without worry, ensuring that health and welfare are protected at all times. "
In this study, researchers conducted four experiments. First, they studied 125 men to find out if there is a link between the number of friends they have on Facebook and the changes in their brains. Second, they sought to replicate these results for a subset of 40 individuals. Then studied the connection between Facebook friends and the real life of 80 people. Finally, the bond between friends in real life and the changes in the brain was investigated in 65 people. Factors such as lifestyle, age, general health and other factors that could influence the final results were not considered.