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Facebook Posts Affecting Your Mood
By: Jessica Cherok
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Is your Facebook News Feed affecting your mood? Probably.

According to a new study by Cornell University, the University of California, San Francisco, and Facebook, the type of posts you encounter in your feed greatly impact the way you feel. “When positive posts were reduced in the news feed, the percentage of positive words in people’s status updates decreased.”

Thankfully, the opposite is also true — increase the number of positive posts, and more people feel positive. A separate study suggests that “emotional states can be transferred from one individual to another via mimicry,” and that emotions can influence others even when there is limited direct interaction. In other words — even your friends’ friends can affect your mood.

Negativity, however, isn’t simply limited to people’s attitudes. The weather can also affect a person’s mood, so even if your friends list is largely filled with positive people, they’ll still seem pretty down on rainy days.

The impact can be far reaching. Even people not located anywhere close to one another can spread their emotions. Meaning, the rain in one part of the world can cause unhappiness in another. Conversely, happiness trending on one side of the globe has the ability to bring about positivity elsewhere.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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