On my way to work this morning, I was listening to John Tesh's morning radio show. He said that there's been a study that shows world happiness is declining. The University of Vermont conducted a 3 year study where they studied twitter feeds from around the world. The picked words that had a happiness factor to them, and assigned them a number with 9 being a very happy state, and 1 being a very unhappy state. Then they plotted them on a graph. They discovered the following:
1. overall, happiness is declining worldwide.
2. weekends are happier than weekdays (duh!).
3. Holidays are happier than regular days, with Christmas being the happiest holiday of all.
4. During natural disasters, such as the japanese tsunami, and Hurricane Sandy, worldwide happiness declined. And
5. The sharpest decline in worldwide happiness in the last three years happened June 25, 2009.
Do you remember what happened then?
Michael Jackson died. Yeah.... And, world happiness took a nosedive. The guy was a great singer, and it's too bad he died too young, but it did not effect my happiness factor. Did it yours?
And its disheartening to me that my kids are living in a less happy world... That bother me.
Answer by 3libras at 12:51 PM on Jan. 25, 2013
I think more people feel alone today. We've have less of a sense of family and community. Also jobs are scarce for many around the world.
In the past when hard times hit people made it through together, now it can feel like people are on their own.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 11:48 AM on Jan. 25, 2013
Answer by Ginger0104 at 11:51 AM on Jan. 25, 2013
Answer by m-avi at 11:45 AM on Jan. 25, 2013
Answer by Sebbiemama at 11:57 AM on Jan. 25, 2013
Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 12:24 PM on Jan. 25, 2013
Answer by frogdawg at 12:34 PM on Jan. 25, 2013
Direct quotes from the paper:
"Third, we quantify only how people appear to others; as should be obvious, our method cannot divine the internal emotional states of specific individuals or populations.”
“Crucially, we do not ask people how happy they are, we merely observe how they behave online."
Here is a link to the actual article. Please read and conclude for yourself. Be careful not to take it out of context. I am still not worried that Twitter feeds are getting whinier.
Answer by Sebbiemama at 1:00 PM on Jan. 25, 2013
I think we can credit the media for inundating us with awful things 24/7. I know they need to report the news, but they bombard us with constant negativity. People need to turn off the TV or at least change the channel & focus on happier things. I personally love to watch comedies. I also try to remember to be grateful for the many blessings in my life. If we tried focusing more on the positives, attitudes would improve. Just my opinion. :)
Answer by mrsmom110 at 4:57 PM on Jan. 25, 2013