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In study published in the online journal PLOS ONE, suggests that when using social media, people need to be aware that the prevailing mood online is likely to influence them. The author of the study, James Fowler, professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California says his research on contagious emotions indicates that negative posts on social media produce more negative posts and positive posts increase the number of positive posts, but the positive posts tend to have a greater positive impact. Fowler and his colleagues analyze status updates from 100 million Facebook users in 100 of the largest U.S. Cities. They found that rainy days tended to produce more negative posts, and most of the responses to a negative post were also negative. Due to the tendency for positive posts to produce double the amount of positive responses, Fowler suggest users to make positive posts, use positive pictures, and make a choice to be positive. They also recommended dumping people who were constantly negative. Fowler encouraged Facebook users to be positive saying, “We were able to show that your friends who live in different cities are affected by your mood.”—--Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

5 Ways to Use Social Media to Stay Positive, by Sally Wedyka, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/ways-social-media-stay-positive/story?id=23129988#, Accessed April 1, 2014.

Philippians 4:8 (HCSB) (8) Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.

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