Twitter Study Reveals Christians are Happier than Atheists
If findings of a new study are to be believed, Christians tweet from the heart and atheists from the head. The study was conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tapped Twitter as a research tool. Messages of Christians and atheists were compared by the researchers.
Their findings revealed that when believer restrict to 140 characters or less, they are happy than non-believers. Casual language of two million tweets from more than 16,000 active users was studied by two doctoral students in social psychology and an adviser.
A text analysis program helped the researchers discover that Christians reflected positive emotions by tweeting with higher frequency words. Moreover, their tweets reflected social relationships and an intuitive style of thinking.
Atheists also used those words, but they out-tweet Christians when it comes to analytic words and words that reflect negative emotions.
The findings were published in Social Psychological and Personality Science. Subjects were identified by the team by finding Twitter users who followed the feeds of five prominent public figures.
Pope Benedict XVI, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, conservative political commentator Dinesh D'Souza and Joyce Meyer, an evangelical author and speaker, were chosen by Christians. On the other hand, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Monica Salcedo and Michael Shermer were the five feeders in case of atheists.