Fascinating research reveals stark differences between American and Canadian Twitter users.
Analyzing 40 million tweets, researchers at McMaster University show that Americans use a lot of swear words and describe negative emotional states, while Canadians use a lot of positive words like great, amazing, awesome, thanks. The researchers believe this is a reflection of cultural norms more than personality traits.
We shape our environment through what we bring to it, including our language. We create the norms that become our culture.
Listen to the 4-minute interview between David Greene of NPR and Bryor Snefjella of McMaster University.