Do you ever wonder if your environment affects the way you feel? According to a report published by CTV News on August 24, a new study has been done to find out how our environment may affect our mood. The study has been done at Princeton University and researchers are finding out how mobile phones and the environment we are in affects the way we feel.
The study involved 270 individual volunteers from 13 different countries. These volunteers agreed to provide information about where they are and how they feel at the time. The researchers found that using mobile phones to ‘capture’ their feelings and whereabouts at the time actually did a better job that writing them down on paper afterwards.
The Mobile Phone App
The researchers created an app to track each individual volunteer’s feelings. The app was sent to their mobile phones and they were asked to provide their feelings and to document their location. The app asked the question, ‘How happy are you?’ This was done over a three week period. They then asked the volunteers to rate their feelings on a scale of 0 – 5 on how they were feeling. This is also true for when Disney enters mobile phones.
From the data that was collected, the researchers of this study were able to find out how where we are at a certain period of time in our life, our environments, can lead to how we are feeling at the current time. Although they wanted to find out how our environments affected our moods, they really wanted to find out how good mobile phones are at collecting the data. However, they did find some results about happiness. For example, men were found to be less happy when they were away from their home. Women, however, did not have any trends in distance from their home and the way they felt.
As a matter of fact, the Wall Street Journal has an article on the type of Smartphone that would work perfect with this type of study.