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A new social science study has found that the positive emotions associated with social media postings generally outweigh negative one. The study looked at the content and spread of 19 million English-language posts from September 2014. The results showed that while negative content tended to spread faster, positive content was shared more often and ultimately reached a larger audience. The study used a sentiment analysis algorithm that picks up the underlying tones by examining slang, linguistic clues, and even emoticons to score every post. Then it followed how quickly those posts spread and how they spread. Emilio Ferrera, one of the study’s coauthors, said the idea that positive content is shared more widely is an important insight. He added, “Our results confirm the so-called positivity bias. That is, that humans on the long run tend to favor positive content, good news.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

New data suggests social media brings out the best in us, after all, By Amy Wang,, Accessed October 4, 2015.

Proverbs 25:11 (HCSB) A word spoken at the right time is like gold apples on a silver tray.

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