Back in 1979 the Boomtown Rats sang “Tell me why, I don’t like Mondays” and it seems as though now, thanks to the wonders of the internet, we may be on our way to finally having an answer.
Recently the guys over at Twitter have been analysing messages sent via the micro-blogging site to look for patterns in when users tweet certain words or phrases and the results are quite interesting.
Some of the words and phrases they looked at included “feel happy,” “feel sad,” “hungover,” and “late for work.” The findings were then broken down into months of the year and days of the week, with the results demonstrating some emerging patterns.
Unsurprisingly, we see a lot of people tweeting about being “late for work” on Mondays, especially over the summer months. Could it be that the long weekends spent lazing around in the sunshine leave us less inclined to get out of bed and rush back to the office on a Monday morning?
It is not just Mondays when we struggle though, with the frequency of the phrase not dropping until well into the week.
Hangovers seem to be rather prevalent over the weekend, with lots of people tweeting this over Saturdays and Sundays. Although Tuesdays in January, along with Thursdays and Fridays in November saw the highest frequency of “hungover” tweets.
As we reach the end of the year and enter December, it seems as though we go through a rollercoaster of emotions, with the frequency of both “feel happy” and “feel sad” tweets peaking during this month. Perhaps the combination of excitement for the festive season combined with the last minute rush to get prepared could lead us to these mixed emotions?
While we can look at all these statistics and have fun making assumptions as to why these patterns occurred, we may never know for sure the reasons behind them. It certainly makes for an interesting conversation topic though and will keep people talking.
If you have any theories, please feel free to share them in the comments!