New data suggests social media brings out the best in us, after all

Social media isn’t just another way to communicate—it’s an emotional roller coaster. Signing onto Twitter or Facebook means being bombarded with news articles, gossip, advice, daily musings, and earth-shattering life events. And research has shown that, often, it makes us feel terrible.

But a new computational social science study says the positive emotions associated with social media generally outweigh the negative ones. The study, published yesterday (Sept. 30) in Peer J...

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