Do you or your partner wake up cranky? You may want to join Twitter! Researchers found Twitter users begin their days in a happy mood and are happier on the weekends!
The microblogging site was the source for collective information on the behaviors and moods of people across numerous cultures. The unedited/unfiltered messages tweeted were analyzed by Scott Golder and Michael Macy, from the Department of Sociology, Cornell University. The results will be published in the Science journal on September 30th.
The studied data using the social media network revealed individuals start the day off in a good mood, but the mood deteriorates as the day progresses. Additionally, the information suggests people are happier on weekends.
A computer program utilized in the study searched for English words indicating positive moods such as ‘happy,’ and negative connotations such as ‘sad.’
We identified individual-level diurnal and seasonal mood rhythms in cultures across the globe, using data from millions of public Twitter messages. We found that individuals awaken in a good mood that deteriorates as the day progresses—which is consistent with the effects of sleep and circadian rhythm—and that seasonal change in baseline positive affect varies with change in daylength [sic]. People are happier on weekends, but the morning peak in positive affect is delayed by 2 hours, which suggests that people awaken later on weekends. Science Magazine
Although the information is useful to gain insight on individuals’ attitudes; the study may be considered biased as it does not represent the general population. Not everyone has access, knowledge or interest to the Twitter site, nor have English as a first language.
Self Awareness articles from Fran
Behavior & Discipline articles from Fran
Relationship Counseling articles from Fran
Follow Fran on TWITTER and FACEBOOK! Also, you can share by clicking Facebook ‘like,’ recommend or ‘subscribe’ to Fran below!
If you’re happy and you know it, did you tweet?
Twitter Study Tracks When We Are :)
Diurnal and Seasonal Mood Vary with Work, Sleep, and Daylength Across Diverse Cultures