Abstract by Corey Woodfield
The Effect of Emotionally Charged Memes on the Human Mind
In this paper, I analyze the effect of emotionally charged memes, such as those found in the reddit communities r/2meirl4meirl and r/wholesomememes, by comparing the sentiment of user comments made before they joined said communities with comments they made after. I analyze the positive and negative trends correlated with consumption of positive and negative memes, and compare and contrast them with each other. I conclude that memes about depression and other negative topics are correlated with a long-term negative change in overall emotional well-being, and that wholesome memes are similarly correlated with an increase in positivity. I analyze the possible superficiality of these correlations.