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Twitter Users Happiest When Far Far Away From Home

Computer Scientists from the University of Vermont have concluded that, “Expressed happiness increases logarithmically with distance from an individual’s average location.” In other words, Twitter users are happier the farther they are from home.

The researchers analyzed 37 million tweets from 180,000 users in 2011with public location feature enabled. Most users gravitate between “home” and “work” which accounted for their average location. There was a notable lack of negative words like “hate” when users were further from home at restaurants or beaches. One surprising finding was about laughter (“hahaha”) – it was more inherent when users were closer to home.

 

Via MIT Technology Review

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