Cougar Question: How do you think Facebook and social media affect your level of happiness?

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Facebook released a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the “emotional contagion through social networks.” In this study, researchers from Carnell and the University of California-San Francisco tested whether seeing a sad status update made it more likely for the reader to follow suit, posting something gloomy. Although the study found that social networks can propagate positive and negative feelings, we wanted to see if BYU students thought social media could change their emotions.

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