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Were You Part Of Facebook’s Social Experiment?
Facebook wanted to see if FOMO (fear of missing out) applied to the internet, using YOUR profile...
When you check Facebook and all of your friends on your news feed seem to be doing really well – like terrifically well – do you feel happy for them, or do you feel left out of the fun?
Back in 2012, Facebook wanted to see if being exposed to positivity on the Internet (seeing tons of positive posts fill up your news feed) would make you feel left out. They set out to tackle FOMO (fear of missing out) by manipulating the news feeds of 700,000 users by hiding negative posts from one group and hiding positive posts from another.
According to Facebook data scientist Adam Kramer: ‘The reason we did this research is because we care about the emotional impact of Facebook and the people that use our product.’
‘We felt that it was important to investigate the common worry that seeing friends’ post positive content leads to people feeling negative or left out.
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