Support when you’re feeling blue

Life is more than cat pictures. There are tough days, heartbreak, and hugs. When do people share difficult feelings, and how do their friends respond? We want people’s experiences on Facebook to be supportive and meaningful. Just as people reach out to their closest friends in person for solace when they’re feeling blue, we want to ensure that people going through difficult times feel supported by their friends on Facebook, as well. To understand how often people share difficult moments on the site and how their friends respond, we analyzed the feeling annotations that people include with their status updates (e.g., feeling excited or feeling grumpy). We analyzed 32 million de-identified, aggregate feeling annotations and examined characteristics of the responses posts with those feelings received. As expected, we find that…


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