Tweeting has become the new social platform. We no longer need to pick up the phone and tell our nearest and dearest that we’re eating a ham sandwich because tweeting about it is the new social norm. There are even places that, if allowed, will update your account to your location; something which led to panic as robbers targeted houses that they knew were empty. Now the littlest thought is transferred to the online notice board for countless friends and people you’ve never even met to agree or judge you. However, a recent study in America has discovered the links between the words we use and whether or not we’re psychopathic.
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University used 3,000 volunteers to create the study and came up with some interesting results. Asking the volunteers a series of questions about their personalities and syncing these up with their twitter habits, the researchers could determine the phrases and words that are connected to those with psychotic tendencies.
…this could mean that you are actually harbouring a tendency to be a little crazy…
Now, if you have a twitter account maybe it’s time to take a look at the words you use in a usual day. If you use the words die, bury and kill frequently this could mean that you are actually harbouring a tendency to be a little crazy. Of course this study is far from outing you as a potential psychopath as having psychotic feelings doesn’t label you as insane or wanting to hurt someone. Everybody gets the urge to kill at least once and this is called being human.
It is interesting to think that by observing someone’s social habits, which is easier to see through twitter and social networking, that you can observe a potential flaw in a person’s psyche. Perhaps further studies will catch the really bad eggs and stop horrendous acts being committed.