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01 Nov 2022 Industry News

Climate Change May Affect Social Media Interactions: Study Finds Link Between Weather and Hate Speech

Lifestyle, Digital Health

A recent study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has found a correlation between hate speech on social media and the weather. The research observed that hate speech increases when daily maximum temperatures are outside of a "comfort window" of 12 to 21 degrees Celsius. This trend was observed in all climate zones, regardless of income, religious beliefs, or political preferences.

To conduct the study, the researchers used an AI algorithm to track hate tweets, which were then combined with weather data. The findings suggest that climate change may have a previously underestimated impact on social media interactions, potentially affecting social cohesion and mental health.

It's important to note that this study does not prove a causative relationship between climate change and hate speech. However, it does highlight the need for further research into the ways in which climate change may impact our daily lives and interactions, both online and in the real world.