Twitter May Be Able To Find Psychopaths [Study]

Twitter And Psychopaths

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University and the Online Privacy Foundation have conducted a joint study in which they have found that the constant use of certain words could predict on Twitter if someone is a psychopath.

The study looked for very specific words used on a daily basis such as “bury,” “kill,” and “die.” Researchers then weighed the data against unspecified warning signs.

Researchers put 3,000 volunteers through the filter and discovered that 1.4% of those participants were closet psychopaths.

Obviously determining if their Twitter-based results are even close to accurate can be nearly impossible but the study none-the-less demonstrates how far researchers are going to determine a persons decisions based on social media use. If further research can determine how someone thinks based on their social networks posts it could be a goldmine for user specific marketing.

James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.


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