Thursday, November 29, 2012

Graphic image of the day


You'll need a old-fashioned fifth-grade classroom globe or a world atlas for the following because graphic below isn't as interactive as we had hoped.

(click to enlarge)

Gallup has surveyed people in 150 countries and territories on their daily emotional experience based upon five questions meant to gauge whether the respondent felt significant positive or negative emotions the day prior to the survey. The countries that answered "yes" more often than other countries are depicted in increasingly stronger hues of purple. Conversely, those answering "no" more often are depicted in relatively paler shades of yellow.

From the study:

Singapore is the least emotional country in the world. ”Singaporeans recognize they have a problem,” Bloomberg Businessweek writes of the country’s “emotional deficit,” citing a culture in which schools “discourage students from thinking of themselves as individuals.” They also point to low work satisfaction, competitiveness, and the urban experience: “Staying emotionally neutral could be a way of coping with the stress of urban life in a place where 82 percent of the population lives in government-built housing.”

The Philippines is the world’s most emotional country. It’s not even close; the heavily Catholic, Southeast Asian nation, a former colony of Spain and the U.S., scores well above second-ranked El Salvador.

That the Philippines is the world's most emotional locale does not surprise us. Though, we really don't know the reason why, any country where you can, honest to goodness, get yourself killed if you off-key a karaoke rendition of Sinatra's "I Did It My Way" is going to be on the short list of keyed-up countries.

And check out the gulf in positive vibes between the English and Spanish-speaking societies and the Arab world. Hmmmm....

Go to the link for more analysis and statistical break-down.

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