Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Measuring the impact of sports on mental state

Dios Mio. Stephortless.

My favorite thing about this is how ecstatic everyone is.

Sports are often poo-pooed in academia, but they are a big part of most people's lives. Perhaps it would help their legitimacy if we had better data on the extent to which they improve people's moods. This is difficult to get a handle on and might require mining social media posts, etc, to get a rough sense of how being a fan changes people's outlook, emotional state, and overall health.

One thing I suspect is that the negative effects of alcohol might well erase most of the benefits of positive affect. Still, surely enjoying Curry or The Brow over 1 or 2 drinks with friends makes ones life better in a measurable way.

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