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Amazing Computer Mouse May Know How You're Feeling

Update Date: Dec 17, 2015 09:27 AM EST

Smart computing technology takes users' experience to a higher level. In the information age, our connection with the digital internet world transcends mere transactional interactions. A breakthrough study by Brigham Young University takes us to a futuristic ride where our activities on the net reveals a personal record of our emotions.

"Using this technology, websites will no longer be dumb...They [websites] can go beyond just presenting information, but they can sense and understand not just what you're providing, but what you're feeling," said information systems Professor Jeff Jenkins of Brigham Young University as quoted saying by RT America.

Basically, websites of the future will probably be technologically-enabled to record the emotions of internet users based on mouse cursor movements which serve as a real-time and credible indicator of emotions.

According to Science Times, mouse movements are directly linked to a person's emotional state. When an individual gets overwhelmed by anger and frustration, cursor movements become increasingly erratic and unpredictable. An internet user under normal circumstances usually follow predictable and smooth cursor patterns.

This claim is supported by an experiment involving 270 users from different parts of the world. The Brigham Young University-led study revealed an 80% accuracy in their prediction of negative emotions such as frustration, sadness, fear and depression as reported by Fortune.

What are its future implications?

Professor Jenkins hopes that this newly-developed technology would help businesses and organizations create better digital experience for their users. Oftentimes, people feel disappointed, angry, and extremely frustrated when they encounter problems online. The computer mouse often bears brunt of the negative emotional displacement.

"Being able to sense a negative emotional response, we can adjust the website experience to eliminate stress or to offer help," remarked Jenkins as stated an article by Ars Technica.

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