Your tweets could tell how happy you are, say scientists, including one of Indian-origin, who used Twitter data to measure users’ life satisfaction, a component of happiness.
This study is different from most social media research on happiness because it looks at how users feel about their lives over time, instead of how they feel in the moment, said Chao Yang, a graduate at the
University of Iowa (UI) in US.
Yang, along with Padmini Srinivasan, a professor at UI, mined data from about 3 billion tweets from October 2012 to October 2014.
They limited their data set to only first-person tweets with the words “I,” “me,” or “mine” in them to increase the likelihood of getting messages that conveyed self-reflection.
Researchers developed algorithms to capture the basic ways of expressing satisfaction or dissatisfaction with one’s life.