Stock in News: Quitting Facebook (NASDAQ FB) for 99 Days can make you happy

A Dutch nonprofit initiative is calling on users to conduct their own Facebook (NASDAQ FB) mood experiment by quitting the site for 99 days and taking periodic happiness surveys to see whether they’re better off without it. The idea that started as a humorous undertone inside a small European advertising agency regarding Facebook Inc (NASDAQ FB)’s emotional manipulation study and content alteration blossomed into a full blown social experiment.

As a result of the distaste for Facebook’s emotional manipulation campaign, a Dutch Creative agency Just Art first challenged co-workers and friends to take a break from Facebook to determine how the hiatus impacted their moods. No self promoting “selfies,” stalking ex boyfriends or girlfriends, no self congratulatory status updates for 99 days was allowed.

Then they checked back to report how the Facebook vacation impacted their mood. Their office test eventually resulted in a full blown academic experiment that has, to date, over 8,000 study participants. Users can sign up to participate in the study at

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“Like a lot of Facebook users, many of us were bothered by reports of secret mood experiments,” said Just Art Director Merijn Straathof. “As we discussed it internally, we noted an interesting tendency: Everyone had at least a ‘complicated’ relationship with Facebook. Whether it was being tagged in unflattering photos, getting into arguments with other users, or simply regretting time lost through excessive use, there was a surprising degree of negative sentiment.”

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The working of this self experiment goes like this:
Study participants are requested to post a “time-off” image as their profile picture and create a personal countdown to share on the social network – ironically using the social network to promote the study that is critical of its invasive tactics.
Users receive anonymous “happiness surveys” after 33, 66, and 99 days with the results will be posted to the group’s website, where study participants can anonymously share how the break from Facebook is affecting their lives.

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