Clicked on a Washington Post article entitled, “A color-coded map of the world’s most and least emotional countries,” because it was showing as the most read WaPo article today. The article contains the following map of “emotions”:
The map reflects the results of Gallup surveys taken since 2009:
Since 2009, the Gallup polling firm has surveyed people in 150 countries and territories on, among other things, their daily emotional experience. Their survey asks five questions, meant to gauge whether the respondent felt significant positive or negative emotions the day prior to the survey. The more times that people answer “yes” to questions such as “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?”, the more emotional they’re deemed to be.
Gallup has tallied up the average “yes” responses from respondents in almost every country on Earth. The results, which I’ve mapped out above, are as fascinating as they are indecipherable. The color-coded key in the map indicates the average percentage of people who answered “yes.” Dark purple countries are the most emotional, yellow the least.
China scores right in the middle, which probably seems about right to me, assuming the survey accurately measures emotions and assuming that the emotions it measures are the same ones I am thinking about. People in China do sometimes smile — certainly more than in Russia but less than in the United States. People in China sometimes scream and yell and fight — certainly more than in Singapore, but less than in Korea. But of course people smile and scream and yell and fight everywhere, so I don’t know….
Is this map accurate? Do these surveys accurately portray China?
What do you think?