Many DigiDame readers are not on Facebook or Twitter. If you were using social media platforms, you would know that a significant number of people use these networking sites to write very sorrowful posts.
A new study from the University of California, San Diego, just revealed that feelings on Facebook or Twitter can spread from user to user “like a virus.” Once and for all, it has been proven that your friends can affect your moods, positively or negatively.
John Biggs, a very well known Internet writer, wrote a post for Tech Crunch that said we might be underestimating the emotional change of one person that spreads and causes a change in many. “When you feel bad, it actually spreads, digitally, to your friends, something that should give us pause next time we post “Life sucks” on Twitter.”
You can’t imagine how many people vent on Facebook. I don’t know if they think they are talking to a select few or if they love telling a huge audiences so many dark things about themselves, but I feel the University of California, San Diego, is right on in their assessments. I get very blue after reading the soap opera of some of the people I follow.
Here is a sampling of what I am talking about:
1) A former television director has a brain tumor so he gives a debriefing of his visits to the doctor.
2) A mother of a five year old girl always claims her daughter is sick. There hadn’t been a week in years where she hasn’t detailed an illness her daughter has had. I wonder who is making her daughter sick?
3) A middle age male friend lost his mother a few months ago. He talks to her on Facebook several times a week.
4-An acquaintance is miserably married. His flirting on Facebook is embarrassing. I don’t know if his wife knows what is going on. Someone needs to straighten this guy out.
I could go on and on about the countless people who in my estimation go too far spelling out private information. Maybe they feel better after they post. I know I feel worse and worry about them all the time.