Home > Genetics > Can DNA Make You Popular?

Can DNA Make You Popular?

By: Ian Murnaghan BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 30 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Dna Popular Popularity Genetics Genes

It may seem surprising and unusual, but have you ever wondered if your DNA is responsible for making you popular? According to a recent study in the United States, popularity could be something that is actually inherited. The results have suggested that our DNA could be the key to whether we become popular.

DNA and Evolution

We tend to think of popularity as a wonderful, coveted thing but when you look at the results and interpretation of this recent study, it becomes clear that in terms of human evolution and genes, popularity isn't always a good thing. In fact, it could ultimately lead to a person's demise.

Checking Out Popularity

Researchers in California looked at a sample size of nearly a hundred thousand teenagers. They focused on more than a thousand twins in the population and they measured different aspects of popularity.

These aspects included how many times that person was named as being a friend. Another aspect they checked out was whether a person was in the middle of a social group or alternately, if they were in the fringes of a social group.

Getting the Popularity Results

The researchers found that there was more of a similarity between social status of identical twins versus the fraternal twins, which suggests that popularity is something that is inherited – at least to a certain degree. Identical twins are from one egg while fraternal twins result from separate fertilisation.

Making Sense of the Results

Researchers now believe that how humans socialise and the subsequent networks they create seem to be linked up to their genes. They are considering that the concept of natural selection is exerting influence not just on things like our immune systems, but also on the people we end up making contact with in our world.

Clearly, there is a factor at work that is associated with people being the 'centre of attention' or on the fringes of a social network. Researchers are also considering how the social aspect could relay a genetic advantage or disadvantage.

Genetic Advantages and Disadvantages

For instance, if there were a dangerous virus or bacteria being transmitted through a specific social group, those people on the fringes of the group would be less likely to gain exposure while those in the centre would be more likely to become ill.

But alternately, if we look at it in terms of basic necessities such as food, those in the centre would have an advantage because they would quickly gain access to that food source. The people on the fringes of the specific social network would not gain access quite as quickly though.

Understanding Our DNA

This study is a particularly interesting one because most people tend to associate popularity with other social factors rather than our genes. However, it's likely that a combination of our DNA and our environment is interacting to influence our social networks and resulting popularity.

It would be interesting to see the research continued to allow us to learn more about this very fascinating area of DNA and psychology. We may perhaps find out ways we can better control our social networks and our popularity.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • yoks
    Re: DNA Testing for Pets
    my best friend jakey passed away and i wish to adopt another dog through jakes lineage jake was microchipped twice and i still have his…
    20 January 2020
  • Building
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    Why is a building called a building if it’s already built?
    14 January 2020
  • Joe
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    One sunny day joe was in a great mood. Bob saw him from the other side of the room. But little did he know he was a horny bastard. Joe felt…
    13 January 2020
  • Slave Owner
    Re: An Overview of DNA Functions
    I hate Abraham Lincoln I was fine with my Slaves, they would do everything for me and now they are all released, we should kill…
    13 January 2020
  • Lori Holland
    Re: DNA Testing for Pets
    I noticed I have a similar (question)s as others. Can a sample of my deceased dogs poop be tested to determine why she died? I too am not…
    8 January 2020
  • super steve
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    my brother was killed by a doctor prescribing ripiradone tabletts witch caused him to get colon cancer and now he is dead all because a…
    4 January 2020
  • Jeff
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    I would like to know if it is possible to do DNA testing, of a 1916 sample of blood, which was smeared on the front and back covers and…
    4 January 2020
  • Cazzie
    Re: DNA Test after Death
    Hi my son passed away and i have now found his dad his dad is a little bit sceptical if he is even his i have his…
    21 December 2019
  • Rufus
    Re: Using DNA and for Immigration Purposes
    Hi. My biological father is Irish. But I have a different name on my birth certificate. I want to claim my Irish…
    11 December 2019
  • Barry
    Re: An Overview of DNA Functions
    According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat…
    25 November 2019