Social media is rife with people over-sharing, posting unflattering photos of their ‘friends’, and broadcasting to the world what kind of mood they’re in. Like it or loathe it, there will always be someone on your feed informing you of their current emotional state. ‘Totes amazing night guys! #lovinglife’; ‘Feeling so shit even my secret stash of pre-Easter chocolate can’t ease the pain’. Do shut up.
Thankfully research commissioned by Coca-Cola shows that online optimism outweighs pessimism. It reckons that since the start of 2014, 48 percent of tweets have been positive whereas only 17 percent have been negative, and we’ve already tweeted the word ‘love’ over 1.5 million times.
To celebrate our positivity during January (aka the most depressing month of the year) British artist David Boultbee has designed and built a light installation called ‘The Power of Optimism’. It’s made up of ten one-metre-square cubes, five of which feature the most positive words used on Twitter and light up when they are tweeted by UK users. Coca-Cola, who commissioned the artwork, is unveiling it today for one day only at Observation Point on the South Bank.