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Monday blues? You're not the only one, as Twitter study finds people feel at their lowest at the start of the week

NEW YORK - However grumpy when they wake up, and whether they stumble to their feet in Mumbai, Mexico City or Minneapolis, people tend to brighten up by breakfast time and feel their mood taper gradually to a low in the late afternoon, before rallying again near bedtime, a large-scale study of posts on the social media site, Twitter, found. Drawing on messages posted by more than two million people in 84 countries, researchers discovered that the emotional tone of people's messages follows a similar pattern not only through the day but also through the week and the changing seasons. The new analysis suggests that our moods are driven in part by a shared underlying biological rhythm that transcends culture and environment. The report, by sociologists at Cornell University, is the first cross-cultural study of daily mood rhythms within the average person, using such text ana...

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