A mobile phone app which can help prevent the user from having a bad day by predicting the mood of text messages has been developed by scientists.

Master's student at the University of Portsmouth Lorraine Chambers has created the app which automatically colour-codes messages so people know before reading them whether they will feel good or bad.

The development for Android mobile phones aims to prevent people being surprised by an angry message from Twitter, Facebook or text.

This could end up saving people plenty of money in the long run as they may spend less time logged into social networking sites if they do not receive happy messages.

A study conducted by Recombu.com recently found that people fritter away their spare time by surfing social websites on their smartphones.

Senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth's school of computing Mohamed Gaber commented: "The ultimate objective of this application is to make the user aware of the negative contents they receive so they are able to manage their stress in the best possible way."

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