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WDKX.com » Blog » Facebook Posts Are 'Contagious,' Researchers Find
Mar 13th 2014 9:30 am
Facebook Posts Are 'Contagious,' Researchers Find
by News

That bad mood you're in isn't just a downer for those around you; it spreads to your friends in other cities via cyberspace. And if you're happy, you've boosted their mood and likely others' as well, according to new research that suggests that real-life emotions also can spread online.

The study, published Wednesday in the online journal PLOS ONE, analyzed more than a billion anonymous status updates among more than 100 million Facebook users across the USA and found a "multiplier effect on our emotions."

"This is a new way for emotions to spread that didn't exist before," says senior author James Fowler, a social scientist at the University of California, San Diego, who has spent years studying emotions and behaviors and how contagious they are.

Read more:http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2014/03/12/facebook-users-posts-positive-negative/6325685/