As if the weather isn't gloomy enough, Monday, Jan. 6 is the most depressing day of the year, according to many media reports including The Today Show. The claim is based on an analysis of tweets by Upbeat, a British protein drink company.
The three-year study of millions of tweets calls the first Monday of January "the most downbeat day for Brits."
The study says Monday's gloomy feelings are due to lack of light, the back-to-work and school tradition, and possible debt from holiday spending.
The Huffington Post added that guilt-related tweets are supposedly five times higher and weather complaints are six times higher than normal on the first Monday of January.
KARE 11 noted that if people feel blue, it may be due to lack of sleep or lagging New Year's resolutions.
WCCO quoted psychologist S.Charles Schulz, professor and chair of the University of Minnesota psychology department.
“I think that there is a change in mood, from being in elevated and excited and connected with your friends and family over the holidays and now that’s over,” Schulz said.
A lot of media reports tried to provide context. Some said feeling blue is just common sense given the cold weather, dark days and return to work and school.
BuzzFeed has been trying to debunk the whole idea, calling it bad science and a marketing ploy.
It says the hashtag "BlueMonday" is used to sell products supposed to make you feel better.
"Blue Monday" is different from real depression. The Today Show advised being evaluated if you feel blue for more than two weeks. Symptoms of depression include sleeping or eating poorly, losing pleasure in life, and a lack of motivation.
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