The world was shook at the mass shooting that happened in Las Vegas on October 2, 2017. This resulted in 59 deaths and more than 500 people injured, and was recorded as the ‘Saddest Day’ on Twitter, according to Hedonometer, a tool that measures global emotions on social media.
Have a look at its report:
The barometer, which measures the happiness of millions of Twitter users based on their posts, showed an average happiness level of 5.77 on Monday when the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 2, 2017
The previous record low was 5.84 on the day of another mass shooting in Orlando, Florida that killed at least 49 people and injured more than 50 last year.
The third saddest recorded day on Twitter was Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, according to Hedonometer. The barometer on that day was 5.87.
Other than that, Hedonometer recorded the Happiest Day on Twitter on Christmas of 2008 with average happiness score of 6.36 followed by the Christmas of 2009 with average happiness score of 6.34.
Hedonometer was invented by Peter Dodds and Chris Danforth, a mathematician and computer scientist at the University of Vermont’s Advanced Computing Center. It gathers sentences that start with “I feel” or “I am feeling” and generates a happiness score for the text. Each sentence is then given a happiness score from 1 to 9.
Inputs from Reuters
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