Research suggests that negative words in tweets may show the user to be a psychopath.
The research, conducted at London’s Online Privacy Foundation, suggests that words like “die, “kill” and “bury” in tweets could be key warning signs of psychopathic tendencies.
The foundation used a computer programme to scan tweets – as well as looking at questionnaire answers – of nearly 3,000 volunteers, and found around 1.4 per cent used these words extensively.
The limitations of the research are that tone and abbreviations could not be tracked, making the attachments of psychopathic tendencies a rather sweeping statement.
“It’s not enough to send in the SWAT team because someone is highly rated on this,” Randall Wald, a doctoral student told the Sun Sentinel.