17 Aug Mapping happiness in iPhones!
Apple iPhones to _ãÄmap happiness_ã_
By Matt Warman for the UK Telegraph
London School of Economics project will ask iPhone users to say how happy they are and compare answers to location.
A new iPhone app has been developed by researchers at the LSE in a bid to _ã–track the UK’s happiness across space and time_ã.
Mappiness officially launches today, and aims to help researchers understand how people’s feelings are affected by their immediate environment. Pollution, noise, weather conditions and green space will be among the factors that data will be compared against.
The app asks users to say how they_ã_re feeling at a random time each day, and uses satellite positioning to discover their location while they answer. Response locations are then linked to environmental data.
Lead researcher George MacKerron, of the LSE’s Department of Geography & Environment, said “By tracking across space as well as time, and by making novel use of a technology that millions of people already carry with them, we hope to find better answers to questions about the impacts of natural beauty, environmental problems – maybe even aspects of climate – on individual and national wellbeing.”
National happiness levels are updated in real-time on the project website…CLICK HERE TO READ MORE