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October 4, 2016

Free app collects 70 million emotions worldwide to prevent suicide

"Suicide is a worldwide epidemic, with over one million men and women taking their own lives each year," the Australian company Spur Projects claims. "That’s more than breast cancer, violence, war or leukaemia, to name just a few.” The Australian non-profit has launched an app-based research project “How is the World Feeling”, ready to launch October 10th.

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Its goal is to get 7 million participants to log their mood within a one-week period. “A major contributing factor to poor mental health and suicide is a feeling of isolation. The ability to see, in real-time, how 7 million people are feeling normalizes the extremely broad range of emotions that are experienced every second of every day, “ the company writes on the website for the project.

Conversation starter

People can download the app and fill out a brief demographic survey. then they’ll be asked to log their emotions as well as what they’re doing throughout the day. The study serves not only as a conversation starter, but it also collects a huge amount of data for researchers to examine. They’re aiming to get 7 million participants to log a total of 70 million emotions.

"Despite the fact the app is called ‘How is the World Feeling?’, what’s more interesting, from a data perspective, is ‘when’ and ‘why’ participants are feeling certain emotions," the company writes. "For example, the app can tell us information like: ‘Men between the ages of 18-22 are most anxious on weekday mornings between the hours of 8 am and 10 am when commuting to work, whereas women tend to peak in anxiety in the middle of the day and more prominently at the start of the week’."

As a participant the app helps the user to view their emotional experiences more accurately. The app also has the possibility to advice if the user has consistent negative emotions over time. If the app turns out to be helpful to the users, they can keep using the app even after the study is finished. Dowload the app here

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