I get so emotional baby….

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Whitney Houston (Photo courtesy Asterio Tecson, WikiCommons)

Ahh, anyone alive in the 80s remembers Whitney Houston’s pop tune, So Emotional. Well, apparently, it wasn’t just Whitney. All of  America’s books post 1960 are that way.

Saw an article  saying that US books published after 1960 use a lot more emotional words than British books published during the same period. It appears that we’re a very emotional bunch on this side of the pond.

The researchers speculated that the economic prosperity post war in the US (as opposed to the post-war recovery period experienced in Britain) may be the culprit. If you’re doing well financially, you have the luxury of emotion.

Interesting study and interesting thoughts. What do  you think? Are we Americans more emotional in our writing than the Brits?

About RJ Crayton

RJ Crayton is a former journalist who now writes fiction. She's reported for the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, as well as the smaller publications Education Technology News and Campus Crime. She has two published novels, Life First and Second Life and blogs for Indies Unlimited and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. For exclusive content and first looks at her new work, sign up for the newsletter at http://rjcrayton.com/subscribe.
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