31 December 2020   Leave a comment

Over the last ten years, researchers at the University of Vermont have measured key words in all Twitter users using the English language. Their primary concern has been to measure words that reflect “happiness” (like “love”) and distress (like “suicide”). Their results for 2020 are represented in the graph below. Not surprisingly, 2020 has not been a “happy” year, yielding results below the average of 2015-1019. If one wishes to check against previous years, one should check the “hedonometer” (such a ghastly name) at the University of Vermont site. Interestingly, one can make comparisons with other countries (France was less happy than Americans and South Koreans were cheerier).

Posted December 31, 2020 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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