Human beings may be able to maintain as many as 520 friendships at any one time, according to new analysis. It contradicts a long-standing theory called 'Dunbar's number' which states humans are incapable of maintaining social relationships with more than 150 people. This was based on calculations of a person's cognitive limit due to brain size and what we know about primate groups. However, fresh calculations reveal this method is 'futile' and the true figure for a person's maximum number of friendships could be anywhere from two to 520. Scroll down for video A long-standing theory states humans are incapable of maintaining social relationships with more than 150 people, but new research dismantles this belief, saying the method is 'futile' (stock) What is 'Dunbar's number'? Dunbar's number is a theory which predicts that humans have an average of about 150 relationships at any given time. It was first postulated in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin … [Read more...] about Humans can maintain social circles of up to 520 friends – nearly four times previous estimates, study reveals
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Facebook's oversight board has upheld the indefinite suspension on former US President Donald Trump. The board has upheld Facebook' s decision on 7 January to restrict Mr Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account. Mr Trump was banned from a number of social media platforms after his supporters stormed the US Capitol on 6 January. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Facebook's oversight board has upheld the indefinite suspension on former US President Donald Trump. Twitter has already said its ban is permanent, regardless of whether he runs for office in future, while YouTube will restore the former president's channel when the risk of violence has decreased. Facebook was due to announce its decision last month but delayed the ruling in order to review over 9,000 public responses. Advertisement At the time Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said: "We believe the risks of … [Read more...] about Trump still banned from Facebook as suspension upheld
With the vaccine rollout going so well and daily deaths dwindling to single figures, the challenge now is how to future-proof our shield against the virus - and prevent the need for another lockdown. The Chief Medical Officer has been signalling since the start of the year that booster doses are likely to be given to the vulnerable in the autumn. And Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News: "We want them to be able, if they need to, from September onwards to boost those that are most vulnerable". That looks increasingly certain, probably for everyone over 50 - they are the most likely to suffer severe disease if their immunity against the virus wanes. Live COVID updates from UK and around world Advertisement And once again the oldest are likely to be at the front of the queue, just as they were in the spring. Their immunity from a vaccine tends to be lower and less durable. More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Last two rounds of … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Booster jab rollout ready from the autumn – but which vaccine to give?
Depression in Britain's adults more than doubled in early 2021 compared with levels recorded before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, figures have shown. Around 21% of adults in Britain experienced some form of depression compared with 10% before the coronavirus outbreak took hold in early 2020. Among people aged 16 to 39 the figure stood at 29%, up from 11%, while for those with a disability the figure was 39%, up from 27%. Some 25% of people living in a single-person household experienced depression in early 2021, up from 15% before the pandemic. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Are vaccines having a real impact on COVID cases? For those living in a household with at least one child under 16, the proportion stood at 23%, up from 6%. Advertisement When comparing age groups, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found more than four in 10 (43%) women aged 16 to 29 years experienced depressive … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Depression in adults has more than doubled since before pandemic
The Indian delegation in the UK for this week's G7 meeting is self-isolating after two positive COVID tests among them, Sky News understands. Although it is not a G7 member, India was among other countries invited to attend the first in-person meeting of the group's foreign ministers in more than two years in London this week. Live coronavirus updates from the UK and around the world The meeting was described as "COVID-secure talks" ahead of this June's full G7 summit in Cornwall. Asked whether it had been a mistake to hold the G7 meeting in person, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday morning: "I think it's very important to try to continue as much business as you can as a government. Advertisement "We have a very important relationship with India, with our G7 partners. As I understand it, what's happened is the individuals concerned they're all isolating now. "I will be seeing the Indian foreign minister later on this afternoon … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Boris Johnson denies in-person G7 meeting a mistake after two test positive among India delegation