Mappiness iPhone app to track UK happiness levels

Who wouldn’t be happy to own an iPhone? Well just to make sure all you Apple blower users have a grin on your faces researchers at the London School of Economics have developed an iPhone app that will “track the UK’s happiness across space and time.”

Whilst this might sound like an eclectic blend of hippy philosophies and a sci-fi adventure, the Mappiness app, which is now available for free download, will aid researchers in determining how people’s feeling are affected by their surrounds and what effects, pollution, noise levels, weather conditions and open, green areas have on our moods.

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At a random time once a day users will be asked to honestly share their feelings with the iPhone’s location tracked app. The gathered information is then sent anonymously to the LSE researchers and used to update happiness levels in real-time on the mappiness.org.uk website. Users of the happiness tracking app are also given a personalised analysis of their moods.

Speaking on the aims of the Mappiness programme, LSE’s Lead Researcher George MacKerron 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."

Are you happy with your iPhone and apps? We may not be conducting a national scientific study but we want to know about your techy needs and pitfalls so let us know via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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