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March 29, 2018

A Diamondback article looks at recent research by SPH Assistant Professor Quynh Nguyen (EPIB) showing a link between the content of people's tweets and their levels of health and happiness.

"Social media is a way to tap into and characterize the social environment of places and to do it in a cost-effective way because it is publicly available and pervasive and there are large quantities of it," Nguyen said. According to the article, "Several university students said they think tweets are a good gauge for an individual's thoughts, and therefore health."

Freshman Jessica Shaker said, "I think you can get a lot of signs from Twitter about how students are feeling. A lot of people go to Twitter as an outlet, because they feel like they can't say what they are feeling to another person."

 

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