I am uncomfortably frustrated right now and don’t even know why. as if I’m all worked up for something, this happens every so often and everytime I say that I need a punching bag to just let it out. it’s probably work or the fact that I have to go to the dmv today or more likely that I am completely surrounded by incompetent morons all the time.
Sociologists at Cornell University studied updates from millions of Twitter users, analyzing tweets on an hourly and daily basis. After breakfast, moods from Dubuque to Dubai start going downhill.
The sociologists analyzed more than half a million public updates from 2.4 million Twitter users in 84 countries over a two-year period. They divided the updates into groups by hour of the day and day of the week. Then they ran them through a program developed by psychologists to measure feelings. It uses a positive and a negative lexicon that each contain hundreds of words like “happy,” “excited,” “fearful” and “sad.”
“People are most upbeat around breakfast time,” Macy said. “Their mood deteriorates over the course of the day and then rebounds in the evening. Around dinnertime on through the time they go to bed it picks back up again.”
At first the sociologists wondered if this was due to work-related stress because overall moods tended to be elevated on weekends. But they noticed that even then, tweets expressed late-day mood dips, even in the United Arab Emirates where weekends are Fridays and Saturdays.
I love studies like this. It’s so interesting how a simple service like twitter lets you peer into the collective consciousness of our society. Everything from “Trending Topics” to studies like this shows you what the world as a whole is thinking and feeling. Without services like Twitter this, would be almost an impossible task. This also reminds me of “Web Bot Project”. Although that particular project is really based on hypotheticals using real world information.
…Also, I have no idea what I’m talking about.
the only problem with this study that comes to mind is its total lack of understanding sarcasm, like “I am so happy to wake up at 7” and “I’m psyched that it’s monday morning”. or since it’s just picking up buzzwords if I were to tweet: “I’m so glad that my professor assigned me this 30 page paper, I’d much rather stay up and write all night than sleep” it would count tweets like that as positive.
I’m by no means saying that this in any way discredits the study as there aren’t nearly enough people tweeting that sarcastically to manipulate the numbers (just me I guess) but I think it was worth mentioning
so naturally I’ve already drank 72 ounces of coffee today. And I plan on drinking at least 20 more ounces as I have an Iced coffee sitting in my fridge waiting for me at home. oh and maybe I’ll make myself a pumpkin spice latte too. Coffee Coffee Coffee if you look at the picture below you can get a rough idea of how I feel.
“the cups shaking, I don’t want my coffee shaking!”
Thanks, Love your username