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  • Study: Christians tweet more happily, less analytically than atheists

    University of Illinois psychology professor Jesse Preston, left, graduate student Ryan Ritter and graduate student Ivan Hernandez (not pictured) investigated the social, emotional and analytical content of the tweets of more than 16,000 Christian and atheist followers on Twitter.

    University of Illinois psychology professor Jesse Preston, left, graduate student Ryan Ritter and graduate student Ivan Hernandez (not pictured) investigated the social, emotional and analytical content of the tweets of more than 16,000 Christian and atheist followers on Twitter.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      University of Illinois psychology professor Jesse Preston, left, graduate student Ryan Ritter and graduate student Ivan Hernandez (not pictured) investigated the social, emotional and analytical content of the tweets of more than 16,000 Christian and atheist followers on Twitter.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • To reach Jesse Preston, email jlp@illinois.edu. To reach Ryan Ritter, email ryan.s.ritter@gmail.com. The paper, “Happy Tweets: Christians are Happier, More Socially Connected and Less Analytical Than Atheists on Twitter,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.