Employees are starting to feel like they have to return to their jobs even before the weekend is over

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Blue Sunday: Workers start to feel like they should return to their jobs even before the weekend is over, studies show

  • The feeling of lower spirit lasts from Sunday afternoon to Thursday
  • Research shows that ’emotional discomfort’ is reflected in people’s tweets
  • Researchers analyzed 25 million posts on Twitter to discover feelings

A sense of unease at the prospect of the work week begins on Sunday afternoon, a study shows.

And the feeling of being lower in the mood lasts until Thursday, when we look forward to the weekend, according to researchers.

They said the “emotional discomfort” people experience from Sunday afternoon is reflected in their tweets.

They worked out feelings all week by analyzing 25 million posts on Twitter.

According to researchers, the feeling of less cheerfulness will last until Thursday, when we look forward to the weekend, according to researchers (file image)

According to researchers, the feeling of less cheerfulness will last until Thursday, when we look forward to the weekend, according to researchers (file image)

Positive words are less used in posts towards the end of Sunday through Thursday, when the mood picks up again.

Co-author of the study, Dr. Lucas Bietti, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said the trend is “strongly related to the start of the work week.”

The study analyzed both the language and the emojis people use on Twitter over the course of a day as well as a week.

The hours of 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. seemed to find people their best, with positive emotions expressed in words like ‘nice’, ‘sweet’ and ‘love’, which increased during this time.

The authors suggest that people become less happy late in the morning as their jobs begin to cut down on their well-being.

Dr. Bietti said, “In our study, we found that in self-referring tweets, positive emotions were highest on Sunday and there was a decrease in positive emotions during the week to Thursday, and an increase on both Saturday and Sunday.”

Researchers said the 'emotional discomfort' people experience from Sunday afternoon can be seen in their tweets (file image)

Researchers said the ’emotional discomfort’ people experience from Sunday afternoon can be seen in their tweets (file image)

The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, looked at people’s tweets about themselves and individual topics, using four different types of analysis.

Dr. Eric Mayor, lead author of the study from the Universities of Neuchâtel and Basel in Switzerland, said: ‘We believe that the reasons why positive emotions can increase from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. could be that people get new energy from their lunch and start to think about their evening.

But negative emotions also increase during this time, suggesting a more complex pattern that could be explored in further research.

‘People report positive emotions in the morning between waking up and going to work, but this positive trend ends around 10 a.m.

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