A new study is suggesting that the emotions communicated via instant messaging are contagious in a manner similar to talking face-to-face,. The person could also assess their online partner's mood. During the study, involving 44 pairs of volunteers, the participants were asked to chat online for 15 to 20 minute, find out more about each other, and discuss something that was worrying them. One person in each pair was also asked to view watched either a harrowing scene from the film Sophie's Choice, or a clip from another film depicting small talk. The researchers observed that each participant could accurately assess their partner's mood, reports New Scientist magazine. Moreover, those paired with someone who had watched Sophie's Choice felt sadder than before the chat.Source: ANIRAS/SK << Exercise-induced Fatigue Linked With Muscular Dystrophies m... Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disea... >> Recommended Reading Depression Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting approximately 340 million people in the world. No one is immune from depression - it occurs in people of all social classes, all countries and all cultural settings. READ MORE Adolescent Depression Adolescent depression is an ailment that occurs during the teenage characterized by persistent melancholy, disappointment and loss of self-esteem. READ MORE Andropause / Male Menopause Andropause or male menopause causing low libido in a man is due to decreasing level of male hormones, like testosterone. Symptoms of andropause are depression, irritability. READ MORE Suicide Suicide is an act of ending one's own life and it usually results from emotional isolations and inability to adjust and cope with one's environment. READ MORE Is Your Man Moody? Women get confused by the behavior of men in their lives. It is time they realize that men too have frequent mood swings. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Noscaphene (Noscapine) Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Sanatogen More News on: Is Your Man Moody?