One of my favourite podcasts, The Naked Scientists, covered an interesting story this week about whether or not the mood and tone of social media content is actually contagious.
While the study in question was focussing on Facebook content, I believe it also applies to your WordPress blogging too.
The key point: If you are negative you breed negativity.
Fiddling with the Facebook algorithm
The program focussed on a study that included Facebook’s own data team, in which the newsfeed of Facebook updates for different subjects were skewed towards positive or negative stories.
Social psychology researcher, Jorina Von Zimmerman from University College London, explained how people exposed to exceptionally negative updates began creating negative updates themselves, and vice versa.
As an example, Jorina mentioned that someone in London grizzling about depressing rain would actually affect the moods of friends in Australia, even if they were enjoying a glorious, 30 degree day.
Jorina also pointed out that this effect impacted on direct friends, …