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Anchor Lede: Does social media affect the happiness of its users? New findings suggest it does…and maybe not in a good way.
Randy Atkins: Johan Bollen, of Indiana University, says he used computer programs to read Twitter postings of a couple hundred thousand people and identify…
Johan Bollen: …the kind of words and the kind of expressions that people use when they are happy or unhappy.
Randy Atkins: Then, looking at who was connected to whom he came to the troubling conclusion that…
Johan Bollen: …statistically speaking, there’s very good odds that, on average, your friends will be happier than you are.
Randy Atkins: Or that’s your perception anyway. Further…
Johan Bollen: We found that happy users are surrounded by happy people and unhappy users are very often surrounded by unhappy people.
Randy Atkins: And Bollen says the unhappy effect is stronger.
Johan Bollen: It confirms that, indeed, using social media a lot might have a negative effect on your well-being.