Grafton Street, Dublin this lunchtime.
Thanks Steve Conlon
Until your bicycle gets lifted.
Niamh Rabbit from Research in the City, writes:
The graph above is based on the 792 people (workers/students and based in Dublin) who chose cycling as a realistic way they could travel to work/college. They’re people who consider themselves healthy and fit enough to cycle on a regular basis.
Of the 792 people polled:
453 hadn’t cycled at all in the previous two weeks. They had an average happiness level of 14.2/25
98 people had cycled 1 – 9 times in the previous two weeks. They had an average happiness level of 13.9/25
241 people cycled more than 10 times in the previous two weeks. They had an average happiness level of 15.5/25
The map above was compiled by Cambridge University Gates scholar Alex Davies, who determined levels of happiness from ‘looking at high-level correlations between words and emoticons’ in tweets originating in different counties. Language models were then created to assess the distribution of words and icons associated with happiness and unhappiness.
Ireland (ranked 21) doesn’t come out terribly well. Then again, attempting to determine the emotional state of a nation via Twitter is what’s known in scientific circles as very, very silly.
Highlights of the research are the ‘happy’ and ‘sad’ terms defined for each region. That, and the fact that a Cambridge Gates Scholar can’t spell the word ‘happiness’.