Early morning good moods disappear at thought of work: Twitter study

Washington: A new research has claimed that people all over the world awaken in a good mood but the cheer deteriorates with the commencement of the workday.

Researchers at Cornell University, who monitored the attitudes of 2.4 million people in 84 countries through Twitter for over two years, have determined that work, sleep and the amount of daylight play an important role in shaping cyclical emotions like enthusiasm, delight, alertness, distress, fear and anger.

Scott Golder and Michael Macy used Twitter in conjunction with language monitoring software and found that two daily peaks in which tweets represented a positive attitude early in the morning and near midnight, suggesting that the mood may be shaped by work related stress.

The paper “Diurnal and Seasonal Mood Tracks Work, Sleep and Daylength Across Diverse Cultures” claims that positive tweets were seen in abundance on Saturdays and Sundays, with the morning peaks occurring about two hours later in the day, implying that people awaken later on weekends.

These patterns were reflected in cultures and countries throughout the world, but shifted with the difference in time and work schedule – positive tweets and late-morning mood peaks were more prominent on Fridays and Saturdays in the United Arab Emirates, where the traditional workweek is Sunday through Thursday.


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