The market for useless tat just got a little bigger.

Facebook may have whipped us all into approval-seeking co-dependents, but now you can literally feel the love by donning this gilet that inflates to give you a hug.

Yes, if 17 people “like” what you’ve had for dinner, that’s 17 hugs especially for you.

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When a 'like' is received via a mobile phone, the jacket inflates

This remarkably useless invention allows users of the social media site to “feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs,” the inventors claim.

Melissa Kit Chow, who collaborated with colleagues Andy Payne and Phil Seaton at MIT's (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab, explains: "The project was done as an exercise and exploration in shape display.

"We came up with the concept over a casual conversation about long-distance relationships and the limitations of video chat interfaces like Skype.

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All warm and fuzzy inside: But would this melt your cold, cold heart?

"The concept of telepresence arose, and we toyed with the idea of receiving hugs via wireless technology. The result was Like-A-Hug.

"Connecting it to Facebook conceptually was simply a way to explore how social media might push past the traditional graphic user interface (GUI)."

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Hold me close: For you? Or is it a fashion faux pas too far?

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  • Thou Shalt Not... Act Like Bernie Madoff

    "You will not engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as a pyramid scheme, on Facebook." OK, so Facebook doesn't mention of Ponzi schemes specifically, but lying, cheating and scamming are definitely out. Leave the crookery to the pros on Wall Street and stick to raising pixelated chickens on your virtual farm. Taken from Facebook's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">Statement of Rights and Responsibilities</a>

  • Thou Shalt Not... Be A Convicted Sex Offender

    "You will not use Facebook if you are a convicted sex offender." 'Nough said. Taken from Facebook's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">Statement of Rights and Responsibilities</a>

  • Thou Shalt Not... Play Facebook God

    "You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission [...] You will not create more than one personal account." No Facebook profiles for dogs, no automated bots, and no accounts for 2-month-old children. Hey, wait, we kind of like this rule. Taken from Facebook's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">Statement of Rights and Responsibilities</a>

  • Thou Shalt Not... Harass Thy Neighbor

    "You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user." Cyberbulling has become a hot topic as social media usage continues to expand. In a recent U.K. court case, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/nicola-brookes-facebook-cyberbullying_n_1580442.html" target="_hplink">Facebook was ordered to reveal the identities</a> of several bullies who had set up fake Facebook accounts to harass a 45-year-old mother. Taken from Facebook's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">Statement of Rights and Responsibilities</a>

  • Thou Shalt Not... Be Under 13

    "You will not use Facebook if you are under 13." Not a teenager yet? Sorry, no dice. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/23/facebook-underage-users_n_839437.html" target="_hplink">In 2011, the chief privacy adviser of Facebook said</a> that an average of 20,000 underage Facebook accounts are shut down daily. Taken from Facebook's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">Statement of Rights and Responsibilities</a>

  • Thou Shalt Not... Spam Or Hack Facebook

    "You will not post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam) on Facebook [...] You will not upload viruses or other malicious code." That means you, hackers and pushers of penis-enlargement pills. Taken from Facebook's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">Statement of Rights and Responsibilities</a>

  • Thou Shalt Not... Have Free Speech

    "You will not post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence." The lines blur a little with this commandment. While the policy is meant to curb inappropriate activity, opinion is split over what makes a post unsuitable. Perhaps surprisingly, if you were to compare <a href="https://twitter.com/tos" target="_hplink">Twitter's terms of service</a> with Facebook's, you'd see that Twitter currently has no policy on hate speech. Taken from Facebook's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">Statement of Rights and Responsibilities</a>

  • Thou Shalt Not... Post Thy Neighbor's Private Data

    "You will not post anyone's identification documents or sensitive financial information on Facebook." This one should be common sense. Taken from Facebook's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">Statement of Rights and Responsibilities</a>

  • Thou Shalt Not... Be A Digital Salesman

    "You will not use your personal timeline for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser) [...] You will not sell user data [...] You will not sell, transfer, or sublicense our code, APIs, or tools to anyone." So basically, no, you cannot profit from Facebook unless Facebook's getting a cut. Taken from Facebook's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">Statement of Rights and Responsibilities</a>

  • Thou Shalt Not... Encourage Violation To These Rules

    "You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of this Statement or our policies." Whatever you say, Facebook. You've got the whole world in your hands. Taken from Facebook's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms" target="_hplink">Statement of Rights and Responsibilities</a>