Blue Monday

As you told me in class that you hand’t heard about Blue Monday, I post some information I’ve found in Wikipedia about this day.

Blue Monday is a name given to a date in January stated, as part of a publicity campaign by Sky Travel, to be the most depressing day of the year. However, the whole concept is considered pseudoscience, with its formula derided by scientists as nonsense.

This date allegedly falls on the Monday of the last full week of January. The date was declared by Arnall to be 24 January in 2005, 23 January in 2006, 22 January in 2007, 21 January in 2008, 19 January in 2009and 18 January in 2010. In 2011 there was confusion about the correct date; some claimed it to be 17 January 2011 while others stated Blue Monday was on 24 January 2011. In 2012, the most depressing day of the year was said to be 23 January. In 2013, Blue Monday was reported to be on 21 January, and 20 January in 2014.

The date is said to be calculated by using many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. Writing about the calculation, Ben Goldacre stated: “… the fact is that Cliff Arnall’s equations … fail even to make mathematical sense on their own terms.” Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist who has worked in the psychology department of Cardiff University, has described the formula as “farcical”, with “nonsensical measurements”.

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