by Anna Maltby
Getty Images OK, maybe we need to get some new Facebook friends, but when we think about people expressing emotions on social media, what immediately comes to mind is, simply, whining. You know, negative Nancies complaining about the weather, their lukewarm coffee, little Timmy having an "accident" and anything you could ever possibly groan about. And doesn't it kind of seem like that stuff gets in your head and makes you want to bitch, too?
Turns out, that's totally a thing: Just as emotions can be contagious in real life (ever get upset when a friend cries, or find yourself grinning when a stranger smiles?), they spread on Facebook, too, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS One.
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Researchers wanted to see what happened when an independent, emotion-triggering variable popped up in the world, so they tracked negative and positive emotions expressed in Facebook statuses in cities where it was raining. No huge surprise, but they Read More »from Facebook Feelings Are Contagious (and Not Necessarily How You'd Think)