Facebook Manipulated Users Emotions As Part of Psychological Experiment

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  1. OmegaPrime22

    OmegaPrime22 Well-Known Member

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  2. Tekkaman Blade

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    I couldn't have been they are lucky if I look at facebook once a week.
     
  3. Lt. Faceless

    Lt. Faceless I'm a puppet

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    Times like that make me glad i don't use my facebook to show you everything i eat or when i take a shit or how i'm feeling today. I shake my head at some of the stuff people put on there.If they did use me,i'd hate to know what they think when i post comments like "Does a hippo look at a rhino and think its a unicorn?"
     
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    boxorak Lovable Noob

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    As am I. Granted, there are millions of Facebook users who were more likely to be chosen, and even if I was part of this experiment, I barely read status updates unless they contain links or images anyway (Especially since I'm the kind of guy that friends a bunch of strangers just to get more neighbors in Cityville). Still, one has to wonder...
     
  5. smkspy

    smkspy is one nice fucking kitty

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    Because I know people are going to be too lazy to click the link before commenting.

    "Researchers tweaked the feeds of 689,003 users to show a disproportionate number of positive or negative statuses for one week in January 2012. They found that the emotions of others on your News Feed can affect your mood, and published the results in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). However, the researchers did not inform users that they were manipulating News Feeds, and many questioned the study's ethics."

    Though I haven't regularly used facebook in like a year - maybe a bit more- the period in question was a time that I was getting really feed up with the site and started to drift away from using it.

    Between selfies, baby pics, and general annoying-ness; I do not miss the time that I would spend on there not one bit.
     
  6. 3.8TransAM

    3.8TransAM 1989 Turbo Trans AM

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    If your fucking stupid enough to post your life on facebook than you deserve to be psychologically sheep trolled:lol 

    Facebook is good for hosting photos though. I've had one for years and have 2 whole friends. Oh yeah, did I mention its good for hosting photos?
     
  7. bacon4e

    bacon4e Resident Cheesehead

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    Anger about an emotional experiment is so...perfect
     
  8. KnightSaberAmi

    KnightSaberAmi Nyan Nyan

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    Yeah I'm not that into FB either, but I'm not surprised this was going either, actually makes perfect sense.
     
  9. Sideswipe1954

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    And this is why I do not participate in any of these social media quack sites.
     
  10. Fallout

    Fallout ꧁꧂

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    january 2012? i barely remember january 2014...
     
  11. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    I didn't join facebook until January 31st, 2012.

    But yeah that's not a cool thing to do.
     
  12. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP AKA Beve Stuscemi

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    I still don't have Facebook.

    Because why the hell would I ever need it? My friends want to keep in touch? They can pick up a phone and call me. Likewise if I ever wanted to know what they're doing I could just ask them.
     
  13. Digilaut

    Digilaut I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!

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    I guess this is why I'm always feeling angryyyyyyyy
     
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    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

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    Man, this isn't even the worst thing they've done up until now. It's not like this was an online Milgram experiment.
     
  16. The Dark Seeker

    The Dark Seeker Well-Known Enabler

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    It'd be kind of hard to "shock" someone through the interwebz.....
     
  17. gregles

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    I don't bother with my Facebook either, looking maybe once a week and sometimes leaving it for as long as a few months only to have some annoying candy crush requests or whatever they were, so I also find it hard to care.

    Lets play devils advocate for a second, we all agreed to a load of similar small print based stuff we probably didn't read when joining TFW2005, how would you feel if they pulled something similar here?
     
  18. TrueNomadSkies

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    Probably wouldn't care. The internet in itself is pretty much one giant social experiment in itself, so...
     
  19. Noideaforaname

    Noideaforaname Pico, let's go up to Zuma

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    All that fine print shadiness, and what they where trying to prove was blatantly obvious anyways. "Other people's emotions affect you emotions" -- well duh.

    (also, "PNAS"? Seriously?)
     
  20. Boulder

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    I fail to see how this is news. They already admitted years ago to altering feeds to gauge customer reactions. At one time they were actually removing or delaying updates for some users and then comparing that against the frequency at which those users logged into the site. (Do users who received updates sooner or lost updates check their pages more often? Are they more often to skip their feed if there is nothing new and play games?)
     

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