Beat depressing social media posts with some positivity

Beat depressing social media posts with some positivity

A study into the effects of Facebook updates on others suggests that positivity may be contagious.

Social scientists at Cornell University in California found that when people posted a positive comment on the social networking site, it made their friends happier. 

Conversely, when negative posts were uploaded, it would dampen
people's mood.

The researchers also found that users would react by posting downbeat updates after hearing negative comments from one of their Facebook friends, or upbeat updates if they had viewed something particularly positive online.

In order to assess reactions, researchers reduced either positive or negative stories seen by some 689,003 users on the social networking site.

The fact that people seemed to reflect the mood of their friends' posts is known as the 'emotional contagion' effect.

Professor of communication at Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Jeff Hancock noted "the fact that people were more emotionally positive in response to positive emotion updates from their friends stands in contrast to theories that suggest viewing positive posts by friends on Facebook may somehow affect us negatively".

The research suggests that a quick check of Facebook in the morning could set us up in the wrong mood for the day if we are faced with negative updates from our friends.

So, if you want to avoid having your mood dictated by others, why not take control and start your day with some affirmations that are designed to make you feel positive? 

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