Talk About 'Blue Monday'

Tracking Google searches shows low point before, not after, holidays
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 12:25 PM CST
A British researcher says Monday January 21 is the most depressing day of the year. Time Magazine suggests he may way off target.   ((c) DMBFreakNo41)
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(Newser) – Unless you're a Giants fan, it's likely you woke up this morning feeling a bit more than the usual Monday blahs. The third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year, says a Cardiff University researcher. He bases his annual predictions on weather, holiday debt, and broken New Year's resolutions, Time's Bill Tancer notes. But Tancer has a better formula.

By tracking online searches about depression, Tancer puts the "true nadir of depression" in mid-November, just ahead of Thanksgiving. And he notes a similar spike in searches for antidepressant drugs a few weeks earlier. "It's almost as if people anticipate their holiday depression and start shopping early for their drug of choice," he writes.