TMI: Your Mood on Facebook Can Affect Your Friends

By Alex Magdaleno


The Debbie Downers in your Facebook News Feed are messing with your mood.

A team of social scientists from Cornell University, the University of California, San Francisco and Facebook released a study detailing how your emotions expressed in posts and status updates can actually “spread” to your friends.

The team randomly selected 689,003 of Facebook’s 1.3 billion total users, and manipulated their News Feeds. Some experienced a reduced amount of positive news on their feeds, while others experienced a reduced amount of negative news

Users with reduced positive news began to use more negative words, and users with reduced negative news used more positive words, according to Jeff Hancock, a professor at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and co-director of its Social Media Lab. …

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