A few weeks ago I posted about Cambridge University PhD student Alex Davies’ project on mapping happiness. Over at worthlessgators.com University of Florida student(?) ”Sad Hector’ is doing the exact opposite – mapping sadness on University of Florida’s Gainesville campus. Prompted to ‘tell us where you’ve cried,’ visitors to the site can fill out a short form (below) with the location and details of the crying incident and then see their entry added to the GoogleMaps ‘sad map.’
Created in early March, the site already has 60+ entries mapped. Crying locations run the gamut from the predictible (fraternity row, dorms) to the scenic (shores of Lake Alice, local parks) to the unexpected (near the Florida Museum of Natural History Ogliocene Period display). Parking garages seem to be a fairly popular crying location at U of F. In addition to just noting the locations of crying on campus, the site also has a link to the U of F Counseling and Wellness Center for students who want to seek help.
Thanks to Kathleen for the heads up about this site!