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Too much info and ‘Facebook malaise’


From the New Yorker, on social media: “The most commonly cited study of Facebook relationship malaise … is called ‘More Information than You Ever Wanted: Does Facebook Bring Out the Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy?’ Published in 2009, the paper describes ‘a feedback loop whereby heightened jealously leads to increased surveillance of a partner’s Facebook page,’ and notes that ‘persistent surveillance results in further exposure to jealousy-provoking information’ — a potentially flirtatious comment, or a curious ‘like’ from an encroaching suitor.”


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