Newswire: Negative tweets mean you’re probably going to die of a heart attack, study says

While hostile tweets are already an excellent predictor of someone having a sports team’s logo as their background image, it turns out they may also be useful in predicting a higher risk of heart disease. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that “negative” tweets—those full of profanity, containing the word “hate” and the like, or made in reply to @TheAVClub, say—correlate with a higher prevalence of deaths from heart disease in their county of origin. Furthermore, analyzing those tweets proved to be a better predictor of heart-disease rates than traditional factors like smoking, obesity, diabetes, and income and education—combined. In fact, the study suggests that the only downside of using Twitter as a data-mining tool may be that it requires looking at Twitter.

The study was conducted as part of a larger investigation into using Twitter as a research tool …

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