Internet & Happiness

I twitter…thus I am happy?

Being together with friends, drinking a cup of coffee and leading a good conversation. Spending one day with the family exchanging views on various topics. Children who are playing on the playground making friends with other children. Two old ladies going to the water gymnastics once a week. Or simply a couple enjoying a romantic evening together. Social relationships are crucial for every person in every age. A social fabric makes people happier, strengthens their health and protects them from isolation. Social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram aim primarily to connect people with each other. Those are virtual communities, which enable people to chat world wide, sharing thoughts, and talking about their hobbies and interests. Yet, one can see many people nearly constantly have their phones in the hands for example scrolling through the Facebook-profiles of friends or acquaintances. The development of the social networks makes many people thoughtful. It is clear that social networks effect our lives. But in what sense can the influence be judged positive or negative?

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  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Oswald Professor of Economics, University of Warwick
  • Prof. Dr. Ronnie Schöb Professor for International Public Economics, Free University Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Ruut Veenhoven Emeritus Professor Social Conditions of Human Happiness, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Prof. Dr. Carmelo Vazquez President of the International Positive Psychology association
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Hassenzahl Folkwang University Essen
  • Dr. Martijn Burger Academic Director Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation
  • Dr. Adam Okulicz Kozaryn Researcher Rutgers University
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