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Hearth.com...as good as having sex

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by fossil, May 21, 2012.

  1. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    From the Los Angeles Times:

    Need satisfaction? Tweet about yourself
    May 09, 2012|Deborah Netburn
    Researchers at Harvard University have gotten to the bottom of why so many people are compelled to share our every thought, movement, like and want through social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Pinterest.
    In a series of experiments, the researchers found that the act of disclosing information about oneself activates the same sensation of pleasure in the brain that we get from eating, getting money or having sex.
    This may help explain recent surveys of Internet use that show that roughly 80% of posts to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook consist simply of announcements about one's own immediate experience.
    Lead researcher Diana Tamir and her co-author, Jason P. Mitchell, devised a series of experiments to measure the reward response that people get when they talk about themselves.
    For part of the study, they hooked up test subjects to an MRI machine and watched the participants' brain activity as they answered questions about their own opinions and questions about other people's opinions.
    The researchers found that the brain regions associated with reward -- the nucleus accumbens and the ventral tegmental area -- were strongly engaged when people were talking about themselves and less engaged when they were talking about someone else.
    They also found that the test subjects would turn down money (just a few cents) to talk about someone else, in order to enjoy the more pleasurable sensation of talking about themselves.
    In the second part of the study, the researchers wanted to find out how important having an audience is to listen to one's self-disclosure.
    "We didn't know if self-disclosure was rewarding because you get to think about yourself and thinking about yourself is rewarding, or if it is important to have an audience," Tamir said.
    As anyone with 700 Facebook friends might have guessed, the researchers found greater reward activity in the brains of people when they got to share their thoughts with a friend or family member, and less of a reward sensation when they were told their thoughts would be kept private.
    "I think the study helps to explain why people utilize social media websites so often," Tamir said. "I think it helps explain why Twitter exists and why Facebook is so popular -- because people enjoy sharing information about each other."
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  2. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Plus- plus- during virtual wood sex, one incurs less splinters. uh- did I miss the point? [​IMG]
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  3. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    That explains multiple posts ;lol
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  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Fine, but now let's talk about me...
  5. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    How much will you pay me?
  6. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    Is that why I fall asleep after I post? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.......
  7. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Gotta go have a smoke.
  8. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    OK let me test this theory out...

    I woke up today at 3:30am...I did not want to wake up. I had entirely too many bags under my eyes this morning.
    I took a long shower...still had the bags. Made myself presentable for modern society and went to work.
    I performed 8 nuclear stress tests today.

    Out of the 8, one had an anxiety attack during the test; one smoked 2 packs of cigs before he came for the test, one forgot his hearing aids and could not hear a thing and another one stopped at McDonalds across the street on the way and was eating an Egg McMuffin as he was walking in the door. The other four were pretty much normal except one forgot his teeth...(really non-essential.)

    I came home and split and stacked about a quarter of a cord of wood.

    I grilled some BBQ chicken and made some rice pilaf...and played with Freeway.

    Now....really who the eff has 700 facebook friends? Are you kidding me?
    I do not agree with this study...no stimulating pleasure in sharing my day.
    Plus....how come I can't get a friggin Mri for a broken foot and they perform them for these studies dammit!;lol

    Good read though Foss...I enjoyed it.... half smiley.jpg
  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    If posting on Facebook gives the same pleasure as sex, I submit that the researchers or their subjects have never had good sex. Well, I've never had 700 friends either.

    Gamma, it sounds like you had an interesting day.
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  10. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    I propose its different for men than woman.The wife would not have a hard time gettin me off hearth.com to have sex,now gettin her off facebook so we could have sex............................................................... could be awhile.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    "Go tweet yourself." just doesn't have that je ne sais quoi.
  12. dorkweed

    dorkweed Guest

    I get wood when I get wood.
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  13. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Me too......

    So, how much sex did the "likes" capability of the new forum add?
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  14. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I still hate twitter. How would y'all want to hear from me each morning asking "should I wear the Sierra Club T shirt of the "Let Irv Serve" one that my MIL gave me.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I understood the getting the brain wave readings for tweeting in the MRI but wonder how the hell they got people to have sex in an MRI machine. Now THAT is kinky. ;lol
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    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    There is something wrong with ALL of you AND the researchers. As I remember, sex was much better than this place.;lol
  17. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    !! Remember! !! How long has it been?? ;) LOL.....
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  18. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    I'm just gonna' make something perfectly clear. No web site (Hearth.com included) is better than sex.
    Carry on.
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    jimbom Combustion Analyzer

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    Yeah baby.
  20. dorkweed

    dorkweed Guest

    You know that look women get when they just have to have sex right at that moment....................... Neither do I.
  21. firebroad

    firebroad Minister of Fire

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    I think this whole Facetweet phenomenon is goofy. Times like this, I'm glad I have more years behind me than I have ahead. :rolleyes:
  22. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    Is this the place to ask for a Mature Section ?

    Mature.jpg Mature 1.jpg :ZZZ That's the look Dork
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    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    "In a series of experiments, the researchers found that the act of disclosing information about oneself activates the same sensation of pleasure in the brain that we get from eating, getting money or having sex."

    Mountains / molehills.
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    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    I've been I told I don't give good post ;sick , you know I'm not 19 anymore!
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    First thing that popped into my head:
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