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Facebook's List of Most Shared Articles: 10 Things We Learned About Ourselves

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With over 800 million users, Facebook can provide us a pretty definitive representation of the average web user. More than Twitter and far beyond LinkedIn or Google+, the trends found on Facebook mirror the human condition, the way we interact with one another, and -- most of all -- what interests us.

So when Facebook's Media account posted the Most Shared Articles on Facebook in 2011, all of our concerns, our curiosities, and our fears are laid bare.

Here's what that list of 40 most popular articles can tell us about ourselves:

1. We were astounded by the devastation resulting from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

2. Upbeat videos involving wacky kids keep us delighted.

3. Even in 2011, we put far, far too much stock in astrology.

4. There's no better tool than a social network to tell parents how to raise their kids.

5. Schools desperately need to include lessons on job searching and interviews, so they become second nature.

6. We can all agree: Animals are pretty terrific.

7. The work that Steve Jobs did at Apple leaves us in wonder.

8. Both genders are still woefully confused by one another.

9. As far as the super-rich is concerned, few of us are fans.

10. If you're going to give us perspective on the economy, you'd best include a graph.

Facebook's list is as follows:

1. Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami (New York Times)

2. What teachers really want to tell parents (CNN)

3. No, your zodiac sign hasn't changed (CNN)

4. Parents, don't dress your girls like tramps (CNN)

5. (video) - Father Daughter Dance Medley (Yahoo)

6. At funeral, dog mourns the death of Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan (Yahoo)

7. You'll freak when you see the new Facebook (CNN)

8. Dog in Japan stays by the side of ailing friend in the rubble (Yahoo)

9. Giant crocodile captured alive in Philippines (Yahoo)

10. New Zodiac Sign Dates: Ophiuchus The 13th Sign? (The Huffington Post)

11. Parents keep child's gender under wraps (Yahoo)

12. How to Talk to Little Girls (The Huffington Post)

13. Stop Coddling the Super-Rich (New York Times)

14. Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior (Wall Street Journal)

15. (video) - Twin Baby Boys Have A Conversation! (Yahoo)

16. Man robs bank to get medical care in jail (Yahoo)

17. Why You're Not Married (The Huffington Post)

18. A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs (New York Times)

19. Ryan Dunn Dead: 'Jackass' Star Dies In Car Crash (The Huffington Post)

20. Scientists warn California could be struck by winter 'superstorm' (Yahoo)

21. Notes From a Dragon Mom (New York Times)

22. A Message to Women From a Man: You Are Not "Crazy" (The Huffington Post)

23. Obama's and Bush's effects on the deficit in one graph (Washington Post)

24. Penn State, my final loss of faith (Washington Post)

25. Golden-Voiced Homeless Man Captivates Internet (Yahoo)

26. The most typical face on the planet (Yahoo)

27. Widespread destruction from Japan earthquake, tsunamis (CNN)

28. Permissive parents: Curb your brats (CNN)

29. A father's day wish: Dads, wake the hell up! (CNN)

30. (video) - Laughing Baby Loves Ripping Paper! (Yahoo)

31. Epic Cover Letter: How To Get Hired For Your Dream Job (PICTURE) (The Huffington Post)

32. New Zodiac sign dates: Don't switch horoscopes yet (Washington Post)

33. Things Babies Born in 2011 Will Never Know (Yahoo)

34. The Psychology of Revenge: Why We Should Stop Celebrating Osama Bin Laden's Death (The Huffington Post)

35. (photo gallery) - 'Where Children Sleep' (New York Times)

36. Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet, shifted Earth's axis (CNN)

37. Steve Jobs, Apple founder, dies (CNN)

38. China's latest craze: dyeing pets to look like other wild animals (CNN)

39. Grant Hill's Response to Jalen Rose (New York Times)

40. Steve Jobs's Patents (New York Times)


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