Is our literature getting less emotional?
Using a special algorithm that identifies the emotional content of certain words and sentence structures, a team of British researchers discovered that, throughout the 20th century, books employed less and less emotional language. In the same study, researchers found British English has become less emotional than American English. Is it just that the Brits’ prefer to keep a stiff upper lip? Nope…Researchers believe American baby boomers grew up in great economic prosperity, while British baby boomers grew up in a post-war recovery period. Perhaps ’emotionalism’ is a luxury of economic growth?
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