From the Huffington Post UK:
Twitter rage could be bad for your health.
Researchers say there is a correlation between people who are often angry on the social media site and incidence of heart disease in the United States.
The study analysed language from public Tweets sent between 2009 and 2010, and compared it to existing public data on where heart disease is most prevalent across the country.
It found that communities who frequently used ‘negative’ language had a greater rate of death from heart disease – indicating wider problems with stress in those areas, which could contribute to cardiological problems.
The opposite correlation was found in communities which used positive words like ‘wonderful’ more frequently.
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The Twitter rage study looked at Tweets sent from 1,300 US counties, and compared an automatic ‘sentiment’ analysis with heart disease data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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“These people are the canaries of the psychological profile of their communities,” Johannes Eichstaedt, the study’s lead order, told WaPo.
Link to the rest at the Huffington Post UK and thanks to Jan for the tip.