While social media are certainly a go-to place for first world problems, our favorite platforms also play an important role when it comes to discussing real world issues.
According to this study by SOAS University of London, which analyzed more than 150 million tweets, here are the 10 most popular topics on Twitter as defined by an official United Nations list of real-world issues:
- Climate change
- Human rights
And here is a more visual way to understand how many tweets are related to each of the most-talked-about issues:
Credit: SOAS University Of London
While most of these conversations were dominated by negative words and tones, the mere fact that people do take these real world issues to social media is a sign of hope.