Happiness on the internet

Happiness on the internet

The secret of happiness: grinning on the Internet

People who post smiley photos on social networking sites attract happy friends.

John Whitfield

How happy you are is influenced by your social links to people you’ve never heard of and never met.

That’s the conclusion of a US study looking at the spread of happiness and depression across social networks.

Happy people cluster together, the research suggests. And the opposite also seems to be true – so if you are miserable, you are more likely to have miserable friends.

The effect holds in both the real and virtual worlds. People who put smiling photos on their profiles for social networking sites such as Facebook tend to link to one another.

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