Put Down That iPhone and Look Me in the Eye, Part 3
Maybe things are getting better. ...now that information is being spread and monitored in different ways, researchers are discovering new rules. By scanning people’s brains and tracking their e-mails and online posts, neuroscientists and psychologists have found that good news can spread faster and farther than disasters and sob stories.
...articles and columns in the Science section were much more likely to make the list than nonscience articles. He found that science aroused feelings of awe and made (New York) Times readers want to share this positive emotion with others.
On the other hand
... does all this positivity actually make the audience feel any better? Not necessarily. A study in Utah showed that the longer people spend on Facebook, the more they think that life is unfair and that they’re less happy than their “friends.”
NYT Science writer John Tierney shares all this and more.