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The Kinky States of America Map

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by thepleasurechest

We’re honestly a little puzzled about how to read the map above, but the overall project is pretty damned fascinating. Here’s an explanation from artist R. Luke Dubois:

I joined twenty-one dating sites in order to make my own census of the United States in 2010. These are my findings: a road atlas of the United States, with the names of cities, towns, and neighborhoods replaced with the words people use to describe themselves and those they want to be with.

These maps contain 20,262 unique words, based on the analysis of online dating profiles from 19,095,414 single Americans.

Each word appears in the place it’s used more frequently than anywhere else in the country.

Enjoy.

Some initial findings?

New York City’s most frequently used online dating word, for example, is ‘Now’—confirming just about every Type A stereotype of our town’s inhabitants. (In Chicago, incidentally, it’s ‘Always’. And in L.A., ‘Acting.’)

Having some familiarity with the online dating scene in Los Angeles, we downloaded a map of the words associated with our neck of the woods, and the results are fascinating.

We really wish the artist had identified the actual zip codes and neighborhoods these words correspond to, because frankly, we’re not too familiar with maps of LA. But, if we’re reading this map correctly, Westsiders used words like “enchanting,” “lingerie,” “beingness” and “sexual” but also “misanthropic,” “misogynistic,” and “phony.” Equally jarring, in South LA, is the prominence of the words “suicidal” and “inmate,” sandwiched between “waif” to the west and “neurosis” to the east. We’re guessing “chutzpah” designates the Fairfax District, while “augmentation” and “screenwriter”  identify that amorphous area known as Hollywood. And, of course, the word “gaffer” is unique to LA!

If you want to see which words define the singles scene in your neighborhood, you can view and download maps for your city or state here.


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