art-creativity, Human Nature

Are emotions contagious?

Oh no!

Oh no!

A privacy group has sued Facebook for manipulating news feeds to test for emotional contagion. Emotional contagion is simply the spreading of emotional states from person to person and we don’t have to have a PhD to know that that happens.

But why would somebody want to have research on how to do it? Well, it’s a pretty effective way to manufacture consent, hype everyone up for war or even to induce people to buy a certain cake mix.

“The research sought to show whether emotions can be influenced with no face-to-face contact by altering Facebook’s algorithm to show mostly positive or negative posts. The study found that people whose news feeds contained more positive comments tended to make more positive comments and those who took in more negative posts were more bummed out in their own posts.”

You probably already know that emotions are contagious. I am currently working on a beginning reader, critical thinking comic book with five stories in it for the price of one. I happened today to be working on “Oh,no, not the toe!” which is about moral panics, or emotional contagion. Fear and panic are part of everyday life in America. There is way too much of it floating around, don’t you think?

I think that the most subversive thing a citizen can do is to refuse to fear.

About Je' Czaja aka Granny Savage

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years, is the author of several books and teaches art. Twitter: @jeczaja FB: Amazon Author page:


3 thoughts on “Are emotions contagious?

  1. Excellent! I also wrote an article today at The Kaleidoscope on the Facebook psychology experiment which was motivated more by a business mind rather than an academic mind. Here is link to the article :

    Posted by Ayush Kumar | July 7, 2014, 6:29 pm
    • Thank you. You are right-its all about making money, isn’t it? I read that Facebook could sue you if you did not put accurate personal info on there. That is to protect their making money by selling your info. So I told them I was a 90 year-old man. They keep sending me ads for “beautiful Russian women who want to meet me” and Viagra. LOL. 🙂

      Posted by Je' Czaja | July 8, 2014, 2:52 pm

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