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To share or not to share?

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Our lives are public in ways not easily imagined a decade ago. More than 750 million people worldwide -- and one in every two Americans -- are on Facebook. With the changes in social life, the concept of sharing has entered a new realm."Sharing is one of the types of glue that holds people together," said Brian Brett, managing director of customer research at the New York Times who will explore this brave new social world as a keynote speaker at Real Estate Connect NYC 2012 conference, which runs from Jan. 11-13, 2012, at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York's Times Square.In 2011, the Times commissioned "Psychology of Sharing," a study that analyzes why people share in a media context, and Brett's Connect keynote address is titled, "Understanding the Psychology of Sharing."Among many other sharing insights, the study showed that email, maybe surprisingly, is still the No. 1 sharing platform, by a large margin, followed by Facebook, message boards and ...