Researchers at Indiana University (IU) conducted a study showing people with the most connections on social media are happier.
They say the study is the first to provide scientific evidence for the feeling that many people experience when they log onto services such as Facebook or Twitter--that everyone else looks like they are having more fun.
The study labeled reciprocal followers as "friends," while users with the most connections were "popular."
The study builds on the Friendship Paradox, which finds most people on a social network have fewer connections on average than their friends, since the most popular users intersect with a higher-than-average number of social circles.
The researchers randomly selected 4.8 million Twitter users and organized them into a network of about 102,000 users with 2.3 million connections. They narrowed this down to 39,110 users with 15 or more "friends" on the network, defining users with higher positive sentiment as "happy."
From IU Bloomington Newsroom
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