Video Assignment: Emotion Management

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Video title: Is Facebook Allowed to Manipulate Your Emotions?

Topic(s): Emotional intelligence, emotion management

Search terms: video is facebook allowed to manipulate emotions

Time (of video): 3:42

Posted by: DNews

Date posted: July 2, 2014


Video description:  A recent study published by Facebook is sparking debate. For 700,000 users, Facebook manipulated their timelines to see if a change in emotions resulted. Is this allowed? Trace and Laci talk about the study and why it has caused controversy.


Question/writing prompt to discuss or paste into discussion board/Video Tools: Which side of the debate do you agree with? Are you angered by what Facebook did, or do you not really care? Explain.


In-class activities: 

1. Manipulating Emotions Objective: Students begin to develop an appreciation of social media’s impact on emotions.


Show the video.

    1. Ask students to log into the social media platform they use most often and consider how emotions are involved.
    2. Ask students to reflect on how often we use these platforms to manipulate others in our circles.
    3. Discuss examples of how some posts evoke more emotions than others.


2. Emotions and Social Media Objective: Students consider how EI is related to positive and negative outcomes of using social media.


Lead a discussion about emotional intelligence and the use of social media.

    1. Ask students to brainstorm ways that social media can harm the people who use them.
    2. Ask students to consider how the level of one’s emotional intelligence either makes one vulnerable to, or protects one from, potential emotional harm caused by social media.


3. Influencing Behavior Objective: Students gain an awareness of how marketers use emotions to influence behavior.


Show the video from 2:06 to 2:30. How does such a simple thing like a banner ad influence behavior that has a real impact (i.e., voting)? Ask students to think of other such examples.