Proof From Twitter Research: Floridians Happier Than Rest of the Bitter Nation
Not only did they analyze the sentiments we collectively expressed in 300 million tweets over three years against a scholarly word list, these researchers also mashed up that data with information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Google Maps API and more. What they ended up with was a fascinating visualization showing the pulse of our nation, our very moods as they fluctuate over time.
The researchers have put this information into density-preserving cartograms, maps that take the volume of tweets into account when representing land area. In other words, in areas where there are more tweets, those spots on the map will appear larger than they do in real life.
Here's a timelapsed illustration of the data: Greener shades represent happier moods, while redder shades represent more sour feelings. What's amazing is that Florida never dips into the three darker shades of red that represent serious sourness.
The Sunshine State seems to get mildly sad during 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (work day complaints?), but never gets as down as the rest of the nation.
We seem happiest between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. and again from about 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.