South Africa Happiness Index records negative feelings amid covid-19 lockdown
The South African Happiness Index has revealed some anger among South Africans after their first weekend under the COVID-19 lockdown.
The index acts as a kind of barometer as to how South Africans are feeling at any given time.
University of Johannesburg well-being economist Professor Taylita Greyling who is one of the individuals to carry out the research which is partly based on tweets says some of the factors contributing to the anger are the Moody's downgrade, police brutality, concerns of domestic violence and the isolation of depressed people during this period.
They are angry at people being very greedy and increasing the prices of groceries and they are angry because they can't go out.Professor Taylita Greyling, Well-being economist - UJ
Most of them are negative emotions. We found that disgust has really increased quite a bit. Being sad relatively stayed the same.Professor Taylita Greyling, Well-being economist - UJ
We also find that we have got an increase in fear.Professor Taylita Greyling, Well-being economist - UJ
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