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August 18, 2010

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your iPhone

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by Darren Allan

A new app has been produced for the iPhone which – wait for it, we’re not making this up – tracks your happiness level.

The free app asks the user how happy he or she is at random intervals during the day. The idea being that it puts this information together with their geographical location, and works out how happy various areas in the UK are. Hence the name of the app, Mappiness.

This scheme has been set up by the London School of Economics, to try and work out any correlation between a person’s local environment – weather, pollution, green space and so forth – and their level of satisfaction. Currently, there are 1,600 participants in the scheme.

So where will the happiest place in the UK be? Well, according to the big map on the Mappiness website, someone in Haywards Heath is extremely happy, apparently. Good for them. Maybe they just found a two pound coin under a park bench. We expected a big black spot around Hull, but nothing was doing there, apparently.

This happiness monitoring app reminds us a little of the satisfaction gauges in The Sims computer game. How long will it be before an iPhone app is developed that can monitor how often people in the UK shower, or go to the toilet, for a fully realised Sims-meter style experience?

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