The happiness paradox: your friends are happier than you

  title={The happiness paradox: your friends are happier than you},
  author={Johan Bollen and Bruno Gonçalves and Ingrid van de Leemput and Guangchen Ruan},
  journal={EPJ Data Science},
Most individuals in social networks experience a so-called Friendship Paradox: they are less popular than their friends on average. This effect may explain recent findings that widespread social network media use leads to reduced happiness. However the relation between popularity and happiness is poorly understood. A Friendship paradox does not necessarily imply a Happiness paradox where most individuals are less happy than their friends. Here we report the first direct observation of a… 

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