|Happiest cities according to tweets|
Are you one of those that tweets what
you are doing every single minute? Well, your tweets might have been used to
measure the happiness of your state and your city.
The Vermont Complex Systems Center at the University of Vermont
did a research and studied more than 10
million geotagged tweets from 2011 to rank the happiest cities and states in
the US. A “hedonometer” measured the frequency and amount of positive and
negative words appearing in tweets and ranked the cities based on that.
Given the difficulty of measuring
the happiness of the people, the study
warns this research made no difference
between tourists or locals, the study also ignores the context in which the
words measured where used. All type of swearing was included as a negative
word, and although swearing could be used together with many words, changing
the meaning of a message, researchers said it only accounted for 30% of the
Hawaii appeared as the happiest
state while Louisiana ranked as the saddest.
As for the cities, Napa
California was the happiest while Beaumont, Texas was the saddest.
But if you are wondering what you
might have said that helped researchers tag your city as happy or sad, here we
have a few examples
Positive words: give, know, act,
okay, better, wish, money, make.
Negative words: Stupid, bored, lie,
ill, don’t, tired, hate.
Although it’s a very limited
study and gives us the view of a small percentage of people (only 15% of American
adults use Twitter), you should review it before deciding where your next vacations
will be and most important, where is the best place to work and live.
Below are the top 5 states and
|1. Napa, Calif.
1. Beaumont, Texas
|2. Idaho Falls, Idaho
||2. Albany, Ga.
|3. Longmont, Colo.
||3. Texas City, Texas
|4. San Clemente, Calif.
||4. Shreveport, La.
|5. Simi Valley, Calif.
||5. Monroe, La.
Labels: Happiest cities in US, tweets to measure happiness