Why you believe everything your Facebook friends tell you

(CNN)This funny Facebook post has been making the rounds:

“Facebook will begin stealing your undies at midnight if you don’t copy & paste this message in the next hour,” it begins. “This is real. I got the message first hand from Elvis who was having lunch with Bigfoot, while riding the Loch Ness monster.


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“If you don’t repost this status, Facebook code has been set up to automatically set your computer on fire & harm an innocent bunny in the forest!” it continues.
“Facebook users will believe anything their friends copy & paste into their status,” the post concludes.
Funny — and true.


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No, Facebook hasn’t changed its privacy settings. No, what you post doesn’t belong to Facebook now.
Think about all the things people have believed on social media without proof. Facebook has changed your privacy settings and owns what you’ve posted! Facebook will charge fees!


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“Of course I did it, because I’ll do anything my mom tells me,” Chang said.
But she was wrong (sorry, Mrs. Chang). Egg whites can contain salmonella, and you wouldn’t want that on a burn.
Chang didn’t question his mom because over the course of his life, Chang’s brain has learned that his mother loves him and wants what’s best for him, and she’s had a good track record of being right.
Studies show that we like to trust other people. Scientists have asked study subjects to play games with a stranger and with a friend. The game is rigged so the subject is equally as successful with both partners, but on an MRI, the reward centers of the brain light up brighter when the subject has success with the friend.
“We feel a particularly warm glow when we play with a friend,” Delgado said.
And we have a hard time saying goodbye to that glow.
Even when psychologists set the game so the trusted friend steals all the money, the study subject keeps investing with him.
“If someone betrays you, your system of thinking should adapt pretty quickly, but it doesn’t,” said Delgado, the Rutgers psychologist.

5. We love an ‘attaboy’ or ‘attagirl’ even more than money or food.


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Facebook friends love to tell us how wonderful we are. They admire our photos and never forget our birthdays. That’s powerful stuff.
In some studies, participants responded just as well — or even better — to comments like “you’re great at this!” as they did to rewards like food or money.
“There’s a real importance to being social,” Delgado said. “It’s always nice to have friends.”

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/19/health/facebook-friends-hoaxes/index.html

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