David Bowie is dead, Brad and Angelina filed for divorce and Donald Trump was just elected next POTUS. 2016 SUCKS.
— Chelsea (@chelsealomb) November 9, 2016
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Let’s be honest. 2016 has been “hella” awful.
The world is basically in meltdown.
Calculating the worst days of the year 2016
You’ll find countless articles on the “worst moments of 2016” online, but calculating the worst day of the year needs a smarter approach than sending this week’s intern down a Google rabbit hole. They won’t be able to report, for example, that the worst day of the week in 2016 has been Thursday.
The best way (the Brandwatch React way) to find the worst day is to take a look at a whole host of English-speaking expletives and sad words mentioned in conjunction with “this year” or “2016” over the course of the year to discover where the spikes lay.
Mapping the sadness
Unsurprisingly, mentions of 2016 being awful grew steadily throughout the year as the horrific events piled up.
Towards the end of the year, talking about 2016 became like a tedious car game of “I packed my bag”. If 2016 is a bag it’s full of something stinky.
The sad story of 2016
2016 didn’t necessarily have the best start. A spike of 3,687 “sad tweets” on January 1st kicked the year off in a suitably depressing way.
First hangover of 2016 was just awful..never drinking VodQuila again..
— Logan Corkins (@logancorkins) January 2, 2016
15th January saw a second spike (of around 3,530 tweets). This is when the cold realization that this was going to be a bad year began to set in.
— Haydée (@bellezzadoll) January 15, 2016
Things stayed fairly quiet until April when Lauren Cruz tweeted about a series of events that (depending on your outlook) could be considered bad.
Prince is dead, Kobe retired, Obama's last year in office, donald trump will possibly be president.. 2016 is garbage
— Lauren Cruz (@LCruzOfficial) April 22, 2016
Fast forward to June and England was having (in the eyes of vote-remainers and football fans) a pretty bad time.
#ENG this week:
– Out of The EU
– Out of Euro 2016
Worst week in history. pic.twitter.com/9Gfayq9vcP
— SPORF (@Sporf) June 27, 2016
Following on from that 8th July saw the British pound become the worst performing currency of 2016.
— David Goodman (@_DavidGoodman) July 8, 2016
21st September saw this tweet about protests in Charlotte turning violent this year:
Ferguson. 2014. Baltimore. 2015. Charlotte. 2016. Same shit. Different year. pic.twitter.com/6NdNOnhhZA
— ya babyfather (@basedmigo) September 21, 2016
In many ways, the further into the year, the more indecipherable the subject of tweets got using automatic methods. There was just so much bad.
The subject on the 8th and 9th of November wasn’t up for dispute, however. Between them, we tracked over 47k tweets talking negatively about the year and most of them had a little something to do with it being Election Day.
Weirdly enough, the 24th of November saw spike in sad 2016 mentions that went higher than election day itself, driven primarily by this tweet:
Mr. Peanut is dabbing at the Thanksgiving Day Parade I hate 2016 pic.twitter.com/AXSpqYrFqc
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) November 24, 2016
However, the worst day of the year came on the 13th of December.
If you thought 2016 was bad – I'm releasing an album in 2017.
— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) December 13, 2016
You’ve got to love the internet.
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