A recent study revealed that having 354 Facebook friends seemed to be the tipping point after which people were increasingly less happy with their lives. According to Men's Health magazine, here's why. Facebook used to be a source of amusement and happiness -- why else would 483 million people check in daily? But if you find your news feed to be more of a bummer with each passing day, you're not alone. In a study presented at the recent Society for Personality and Social Psychology meeting, researchers asked a sample group of Facebook users between the ages of 18 and 65 to read some of their friends' status updates. Afterward, those Facebook users rated their lives as much less satisfying than people who didn't check their news feed first. Among the group who read updates, the study revealed that having 354 Facebook friends seemed to be the tipping point after which people were increasingly less happy with their lives. The reason: Much of how we judge our success in life is based on how we stack up against our peers. "The problem is that Facebook gives us a limited view of our friends' lives, and that view tends to be unrealistically positive," says study author Dilney Goncalves, Ph.D., a marketing professor at IE Business School in Madrid. The more friends you have, he adds, the more likely you are to spend your day enviously reading about someone's paradise vacation, new girlfriend, or job promotion. (Do you update your statuses at least twice a day? Then you might be a narcissist.) Goncalves recommends unsubscribing from your most prolific braggarts and fine-tuning your news feed. You can choose to read all updates from a friend, downgrade to a smaller portion of their updates, or view only what Mark Zuckerberg's voodoo determines to be their "most important" posts. Another option: Cut ties with excess acquaintances to reduce your stream to best buds only. That means your dentist, your freshman year hall-mate, and your overbearing ex can all get the axe. (Read How Facebook Has Changed Sex.) When you've reached a comfortable count, "learning about the success of your closest friends can actually make you happier," Goncalves says.
NEWLY ENGAGED? HERE’S WHAT TO DO FIRST!
He popped the question. You said yes. Now what? These 11 things will help you figure out what to do first—and how to enjoy every second of the wedding planning process. From www.msn.com
Share the big news with your inner circle before updating your status on Facebook.
It's not cool for your acupuncturist to find out before Grandma.
Get your engagement ring insured
It may not be the most thrilling task in the world, but if your engagement ring falls down the garbage disposal, flies off a rollercoaster, or sheds a diamond or two, you'll be ever-so-glad you got that precious stone insured.
Enjoy the moment
Being engaged means you get to plan the wedding of your dreams.
But it also means that you just committed to spending the rest of your life with your soul mate. Take some time (at least a couple of weeks) to savor how epically romantic that is before you dive into logistics.
Get a manicure
Everyone's eyes will be on your hand, so grab your BFF, splurge on a professional mani, and start showing off that sparkler!
This is the fun part: brainstorming with your guy about the big day.
Compare fantasies (tequila tastings! beach vows!), and sign up for a Pinterest account to create an online inspiration board. Go crazy—you can refine things after you've picked your venue.
Add up your wedding budget
Ready to get down to the nitty-gritty? Settle on a rough guest list and budget.
Get out your calendar
Have a range of dates in mind before you tour venues. Are you envisioning a spring garden wedding, or fall I do's in the woods? Do you want to honeymoon in Yosemite, or cruise the Caribbean? The answers will help steer you toward your ideal time of year. Tip: Ask engaged friends when they're getting hitched, so you can avoid those dates.
Hire a wedding planning pro
If you want to work with a wedding planner, book her before you choose your venue. "I often wish I could turn back time and show new clients a site that would have been a much better fit," says planner Annie Lee (pictured).
Find a wedding venue
Your venue will influence every decision you make, from your color scheme to the style of your dress, so lock it down early. The key is finding one that meshes with your vision (black-tie ballroom, modern minimalist, etc.). And don't be afraid to think beyond the banquet hall.
This is not the kind of party you can throw together at the last minute. Stay on track by creating a comprehensive timeline of your wedding to-dos.
Book in-demand vendors
Once you've secured a venue and date, start hunting for your officiant, photographer, and band or DJ. Because these vendors typically book just one event per day, they get scooped up very quickly. "Many have schedules that rival the president's," says planner Calder Clark.
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MALARKEY FOR TODAY:
On this date back in 1985, Playboy announced they would no longer do this:
1) *** staple the centerfolds in their magazine
2) Run the bunny themed Playboy clubs
3) Feature only blondes on their covers