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Looking at Friends on Facebook Increases Pleasantness

A new study out suggests that when we are looking through our friends’ updates, photos, etc. on Facebook, we show greater physiological evidence of pleasantness (as measured through facial muscle EMG responses). Why would we express more pleasantness when looking at specific information regarding one of our “friends” on Facebook?

The researchers divided Facebook behaviors into four different categories, but found that most people on Facebook spent time either social browsing — “browsing through a pool of information that involved more than one person or one type of information (e.g., the newsfeed page)” — or social searching. They suggest that social searching is different …

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Looking at Friends on Facebook Increases Pleasantness

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  1. Hello Dr. Grohol:
    This study could be classified in the area of distraction therapy, I believe.
    I have been searching for help for my project for over a year now, with no success this far. Here is my latest idea for distraction therapy.

    Rising diagonally from the head of this futuristic hospital bed is a molded metal or fiberglass arm which ends in a three feet high by three feet wide square molded fiberglass LCD or LED flatscreen computer monitor several feet above the bed at mid calf level- tilted towards the patient. The screen of this computer monitor may have to be covered by an unbreakable plexiglass shield.
    Inside this arm are the control lines for this computer monitor. The arm would be freely swivable -up and down, left to right.
    At the head of the futuristic hospital bed is a computer USB port and the female mono audio adapters for the ear bud extensions or under the pillow speaker wire port.
    An internet capable laptop computer at the head of the patient’s bed then controls the music which is downloaded and the idyllic scenery which is seen or even the television and movies which can be watched on this computer monitor suspended above the patient’s bed.

    Perhaps the staff of the manufacturers of the existing hospital beds can retrofit them to accept the over the bed computer monitors, monitor arms, computer laptop control ports and ear bud or under the pillow (PILLOWSONIC tm.) speaker ports.
    Research has proven that distraction therapy decreases the amount of opiates needed for analgesia in some patients by up to fifty percent.
    Since hospital management charges the patients the same fee for opiate use, regardless of dosage, the cost of retrofitting or buying these type of hospital beds would be recovered eventually. Opiates are expensive to supply and use.
    But, it seems that hospital management only see the short sided view- that it will cost big dollars to convert or buy new beds.
    I know that there are other benefits to this therapy as well, I just have not read about them. I do know that I would like to see this feature available to anyone who wants to use it.

  2. I used to do Facebook, until a group of miserable people used it to cause me stress and anxiety flaunting their “new friendships” in my face…it was very distressing. I no longer subscribe to it. Who needs to look for stress!!!

  3. who can be a friend,a friend is some one who makes you happy and comfortable to talk to, therefore if a friend causes you so much distress is better to do away with him or her.I think you made the right decision.



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