Fold Up Your Handkerchiefs: Books Have Gotten Less ‘Emotional,’ Study Says
"If you find you’re crying less while reading and throwing fewer books across the room, there may be a good reason. English-language books became steadily less “emotional” over the 20th century, according to a new study crunching billions of words via Google’s Ngram database.
In the study, published in PLOS ONE, researchers at three British universities tracked the use of “mood” words sorted into six main categories: anger, disgust, fear, joy, sadness and surprise. The researchers identified a “clear decrease” in overall use of mood words over the 20th century, with only words relating to fear increasing in the last several decades."
I came across this article earlier today and it made me sad. Fear is so debilitating. I honestly think it shrivels and saps the ability to feel anything else deeply. Kinda depressing that it's the spirit of the age.
Feelers everywhere, unite and weep for what we have lost.