This kind of research goes hand in hand with much of the research on social media. Do happy people naturally connect with people better and have more meaningful conversations? Do unhappy people spend more time on social media having shallow interactions?
Further research is still needed, because it’s not clear whether people make themselves happier by having substantive conversations, or whether people who are already happy choose to engage in meaningful talk. However, one thing is evident: Happiness and meaningful interactions go hand-in-hand.
And if people on social networks are having shallow conversations, how do we make sure to move toward deeper connections? Clearly, the deeper conversations and connections are good for us, how do we drive that with all this technology we have instead of what most of us use it for? And are we doing damage to ourselves by trying to have interactions within 140 character limits?