October 1, 2011

WHICH IS WHY MOST WORK AND ALL SCHOOL DAYS...:

Twitter Study Tracks When We Are :) (BENEDICT CAREY, 9/30/11, NY Times)

They analyzed the text of each message, using a standard computer program that associates certain words, like "awesome" and "agree," with positive moods and others, like "annoy" and "afraid," with negative ones. They included so-called emoticons, the face symbols like ":)" that punctuate digital missives.

The researchers gained access to the messages through Twitter, using an interface that allows scientists as well as software developers to work with the data.

The pair found that about 7 percent of the users qualified as "night owls," showing peaks in upbeat-sounding messages around midnight and beyond, and about 16 percent were morning people, who showed such peaks very early in the day.

After accounting for these differences, the researchers determined that for the average user in each country, positive posts crested around breakfast time, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.; they fell off gradually until hitting a trough between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., then drifted upward, rising more sharply after dinner.

...should last no longer than 4 morning hours.

Posted by at October 1, 2011 7:11 AM
  

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