A very important study shows that we place an odd value in friends we find a bit pathetic or in a bad rut.
According to Ohio State University, when we’re perusing Facebook while feeling a bit down we tend to lurk on friends’ profiles to whom we feel superior or better.
Their study involved 168 college students who were basically manipulated into a good or bad mood (don’t worry, they were probably paid to participate), and then asked to review a hot new made up Facebook-y site called “SocialLink”. According to the release:
Each fake profile was ranked from zero to five in terms of career success and attractiveness. The researchers tracked how much time the participants spent on each profile; those who’d been manipulated into a bad mood spent more time browsing the pages of the least successful and least attractive people.
Well, that’s one way to cope. Are you guilty of Sad Friend Lurking?
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