Study: Twitter Better Predictor Of Heart Disease Than Smoking, Diabetes

Researchers say social media is a superior indicator of health.

Ditch the doctor and plug into Twitter to figure out if you'll come down with heart disease.

The social media network is a better indicator for heart disease than other better-known factors, a group of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found.

According to findings published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers can geo-tag tweets and sort them by topics.

Angry tweets correlate with higher rates of heart disease, the Washington Post reported. Ergo, places with frequent tweets of the "f-bomb" are good indicators of stress -- and thus, heart disease.

But since people who use Twitter trend a little younger than people who die of heat disease, the research is instead an indicator of general goodwill -- or lack thereof -- in communities.

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