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Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for March 10, 2021

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    Aldew Yellowson  9 months ago

    My unhappiness cannot be described with a feeble statistics chart.

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    blunebottle  9 months ago

    Yes, Pig. The world has a right to know.

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member 9 months ago

    Social media: the new dope.

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    BasilBruce  9 months ago

    Heard at a Facebook board meeting: “Bad news, folks—people are starting to wise up.”

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  9 months ago

    must be a conspiracy

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    frequency270  9 months ago

    I feel social media has made me happier. I get to be social without worrying about every tic my body might have.

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    Robin Harwood  9 months ago

    Correlation is not always causation. But in this case …

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    Johnny Q Premium Member 9 months ago

    Some of us were unhappy in the old days!

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    Concretionist  9 months ago

    I’m thinking Rat has it right.

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    Caldonia  9 months ago

    Hey Rat, maybe you should check out one of the depression support groups on the web!

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    jmarkoff2  9 months ago

    Social media always improves my mood!

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    cracker65  9 months ago

    I’ve been farcebook free for over a decade. No regrets.

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    iggyman  9 months ago

    Facebook is good to follow the informative sites as for me the car clubs and railroad news, but political stuff and “News” I shy away from!

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    Gent  9 months ago

    Yes. Yes of course there is.

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member 9 months ago

    The left chart could equally be “Number of PBS strips extant”.

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    hariseldon59  9 months ago

    As since when was Rat ever happy? He’s still the same gloomy gus he was 20 years ago.

    https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2003/03/09

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    dadoctah  9 months ago

    Send it in to http://www.tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations

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    buer  9 months ago

    The graphic works also for global stupidity and decadence of mankind.

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    cdward  9 months ago

    I’m going to go out on a limb here. I bet the people who are unhappy on social media were unhappy before there was such a thing. At least for the most part. There was research several years ago that showed having lots of money did not affect a person’s happiness (though happiness was dependent on having enough to meet basic needs). I suspect having social media is similar.

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    MayCauseBurns  9 months ago

    I’m amazed and saddened about the power we have given to Fakebook and Twitler.

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    wilhemenacooker  9 months ago

    social media is for entertainment purposes only

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    Wasa Bista  9 months ago

    Stay away from Twitzone. And Falsebook. And comics page comments sections. Er…

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    Darkknight55  9 months ago

    I did a report like that in 10th grade.

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    AndreasMartin  9 months ago

    You could replace the left graph with ‘loss of hair’...I’ll show myself out then….

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    Gandalf  9 months ago

    Permanently left Fakebook this past January! Free at last!

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    diskus Premium Member 9 months ago

    And of course the inverse graph of human intelligence

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    Ellis97  9 months ago

    People have always been miserable.

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    uniquename  9 months ago

    As with any tools, it all depends on how you use them.

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    Linguist  9 months ago

    Ah yes, I remember the old days when ignorance was bliss!

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 9 months ago

    THIS is as close to “Social Media” as I have EVER gotten.

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    aerotica69  9 months ago

    I could be Facebook-free if I could just kick that Candy Crush habit.

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    mail2jbl  9 months ago

    And old man Stephan is bitching about social media again…

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    John Leonard Premium Member 9 months ago

    Correlation is not causation, Rat.

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    raybarb44  9 months ago

    Simple solution. Dump social media. I never took the bait (except for comic commenting) So, as I recognize that I can’t change what I don’t control, I live a pretty contented life……

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    Zebrastripes  9 months ago

    2 years now and no regrets either

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    Thinkingblade  9 months ago

    It certainly could be that there is something there, but then again … http://tylervigen.com/spurious-correlations

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    Mr. Snuffles  9 months ago

    I’ve never used social media so…

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    zeexenon  9 months ago

    Ma-Bell mid-management for over 30 years, well prepared for this, but miss the face-to-face.

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 9 months ago

    If you know what would make you happy then go that way.

    Happiness comes from inside, not outside.

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    dlaemmerhirt999  9 months ago

    I dunno’. I find it relaxing and enjoyable to bully exceptional, m_rderous politicians! I posted SO MANY MEMES on Greene’s page!:DDD

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    liberalnlovinit  9 months ago

    It’s called a correlation.

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    Bookworm  9 months ago

    I’ve many people tell me what I’m missing by not engaging on facebook, twitter, or the like. When I ask them why or how would I miss something I’ve never wanted and so never had, they just look confused and upset.

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    WCraft Premium Member 9 months ago

    Almost got it right: the actual correlation is reading it.

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    Charlie Tuba  9 months ago

    I’m posting this!

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    willie_mctell  9 months ago

    Hmm…I’m an outlier. My misery index has remained relatively constant since birth.

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku  9 months ago

    DON’T DO IT! You’ll likely end up in “Facebook jail.”

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    JosephShriver  9 months ago

    I’m on Facebook to keep in contact with family and the few friends I have across the world and genealogy groups and church groups

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    knight1192a  9 months ago

    Yup, there is a connection.

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    Keno21  9 months ago

    By far, the single most important feature of any electronic device, is the ‘OFF’ switch. I really can not recommend it highly enough.

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    komix  9 months ago

    Many have long felt this way. Even the amateur songwriters have been singing about it for years at open mics (when we used to have them). E.g. https://soundcloud.com/yllawulfe/momma-were-all-addicts-now-2019-05-19

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    ChrisTrey  9 months ago

    Making comments here on my comics and over at Dear Abby is the extent of my social media presence – and sometimes I think I spend to much time doing even that much!

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    Sisyphos  9 months ago

    Go right ahead, Pig. Prove Rat right! It’s Science!

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    PBS1!  9 months ago

    The social media didn’t anger me. Racism did.

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    PBS1!  9 months ago

    I guess I’m built different because my happiness increases with social media. It allows me to feel like I’m with friends who have been separated from me because of COVID-19. Sure, not all of it is desirable, but you can easily block the parts you don’t like. It also has a way to report misinformation. Social media can be good if you make it.

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    jonelphick  9 months ago

    Post hoc ergo propter hoc

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    Sundialxiv  9 months ago

    Ditto!

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    Astérix  9 months ago

    Looks like my unhappiness chart when I saw the gocomics server was down two days in a row.

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