Twitter is a platform in which people can only communicate 150 characters to get their message across, so the messages are very succinct. The use for twitter is more of a conversational one where by information is more direct peer to peer. Twitter is most similar to telemarketing or word of mouth, as people are always looking for a way to communicate with people because this platform is fight for re tweets and likes.
Sifting through the words
The way I sorted through the data was to scrap for any use of the #stress and #stressed, after the data was scraped I looked for themes or commonalities within the scrape set I had found. From this I found that three categories emerged, Diet, habits and mental health awareness campaigns.
Habits are what we do, diet is who we are, thinking is how we see.
The finding from the automation was there were close to 90% of articles were about how to change habits or diet, that you can do to create better mental for yourself. Whether it be in the work, home, relationships and everyday life, there is a way to increase mental health and well being in various small changes to create a environment so it will put yourself in a better position to not be stressed.
It interesting to see that so much research and work had gone into creating ways that people can use in their everyday to increase their well being, I also found how there wasn’t much engagement in people asking for help on the platform. This could have a lot to do with the emotional security people feel when they post personal issues online or because speaking about mental issues is consider as a personal complaint, but it was very apparent that social awareness about mental issues as a afflictions was the minority.
Design solutions from this data scrap might not be possible with such a small data set and the quality of the data variable. However, a possibility might be in extracting all the information that the posts provide in how to improve the way we interact with the world around us. A cheat sheet on “how to human”, this would contain all the information that can improve mental health that researchers have found to help people, so it can serve as a reference card for people when they are in need of a confidence boost or are stressed out and looking to alleviate their stress temporarily to get their bearings.