What does holiday depression look like?
There is a lot of information out there about Holiday Depression & Loneliness and Holiday Depression & Stress, but the Mood 24/7 team wanted to see what Holiday Depression looked like among our user base. So we calculated the average daily mood from every anonymized Mood 24/7 user’s daily mood rating between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve 2010.
Now we can see what holiday depression looks like from the charted results in the graphic above.
I have to admit that after looking at the data, I found the collective mood transition to be most interesting. I was expecting to see the average mood rating to be consistently low, with some minor fluctuations. But what we find is a Thanksgiving high followed almost immediately by the largest dip during the sample period, coinciding with the beginning of December. Then, as the month goes on the average mood gradually climbs up until it reaches its tallest peak of the sample period on Christmas day. The difference between peak and valley across the entire time span was .65 on a scale of 1-10, or 6.5%.
Is this what you expected holiday depression to look like, and what are some possible explanations?