Twitter Study Shows Unhappy Users

The Twitter weather forecast has been quite gloomy as of late, with a steady decline in happiness since 2009, a study from the University of Vermont shows.

According to Gizmodo.com, researchers at UVM gathered a total of 46 billion words that were incorporated in Twitter users’ 140-character tweets and “had users of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing machine to assign them happiness values — poison is unhappy, cake is happy, etc.”

CNET.com reported that Peter Dodds, lead author of the study, said, “We’re never universally accidentally happy, but we have repeated global shocks that generate a surge of negativity…. We’re at our lowest point now in four years as far as our measure of happiness through Twitter goes.”

However, experts anticipate overall happiness to increase in the Twitverse just in time for Christmas and the New Year. USAToday.com says experts have found that happiness typically heightens on weekends and holidays.

CNET.com reported that UVM researchers hope to launch a Web site where people can access and monitor global moods, according to Twitter, themselves.