The weather may be severely impacting the mental health of those who engage in social media, according to a recent study.
This can be especially seen on platforms like Twitter, where "positive" and "negative" moods can easily be observed. Although it it might seem natural to be in a low mood during dreary weather, researchers have reported that it might indicate some type of difficulty with adapting to climate change.
"As of right now, we see very little evidence of adaptation in the way that these new extreme events that are emerging globally are impacting human sentiment," reported Kelton Minor, research scientist at Columbia University, quoted by The Verge.
The way that researchers conducted this study is through a language analysis tool that they implemented, to be utilized while comparing with common weather data. According to researchers, "both local extreme heat and extreme precipitation events worsen online emotional states globally by elevating rates of posts with negative expressions and also reducing the rate of posts with positive words."
In particular, chief scientist at Project Regeneration, discovered a major change in attitude and mood in the midst of a heatwave in the Pacific Northwest and southwest Canada in 2021. This heatwave led to over 1,000 fatalities and a generally pessimistic disposition on Twitter.
It is controversial, however, as to whether or not the disparaging remarks on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook
Statistics reveal that over 75 million tweets (2% of a total of four billion over a six-year time span) that were studied by a specific algorithm reported incidents of hate speech or derogatory remarks. However, the settings differed drastically in terms of where the tweets specifically came from. There were approximately 773 different U.S. cities where these tweets came from, according to the study.