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Psychopaths Tweet Differently: Twitter Exposes Your Mental Health : Science/Tech : Medical Daily

by Christine Hsu,

While psychopaths, often described as people who are superficially charming and extremely intelligent, are very hard to spot in the real world, they are easily exposed virtually on Twitter, scientists claim.

Researchers found that a person’s tweets can reveal whether they are a psychopath, especially if they often use words like “die”, “kill” and “bury.”

A person who frequently swears may also be a psychopath, according to computer science researchers at the London’s Online Privacy Foundation.

The scientists claim that word choice can indicate personality traits and that the latest findings could be used by authorities to identify potential threats or by employers to make hiring decisions.

However, while the latest study shows how social media can assess a person’s personality it can potentially be used to falsely label someone as something they’re not.

“People are making judgments about others based on social media. Companies even exist that will do this for you if you’re hiring,” said Chris Sumner, who heads the privacy foundation, according to the Sun Sentinel. “However, almost all research says more research is needed before social media screening should be considered for use.”

Read more at Psychopaths Tweet Differently: Twitter Exposes Your Mental Health : Science/Tech : Medical Daily.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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