Pity Journaling 2.0

Social story-sharing with strangers reflects desire to bond over misfortune

Implications - Social story-sharing websites are allowing people to commiserate and alleviate emotional pain inflicted by unfavorable or 'average' moments in everyday life. While some seek to bond and reinforce the notion they are 'not alone,' others use social storytelling as comedic relief or self-esteem boosters.
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Warm 52,589 Clicks Pub: Apr 29, 09
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Mild 5,639 Clicks Pub: Sep 20, 09
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Untested 3,593 Clicks Pub: Sep 21, 09
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Untested 2,454 Clicks Pub: Jun 9, 09
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