Here’s A State-By-State Look At The Weird Words Used In Online-Dating Profiles

Illustrated by Gabriela Alford.
Online-dating profiles tend to look very similar after enough time. But, a collaboration between Mashable and is highlighting some distinctive words we might be overlooking. An analysis of users' profiles revealed the defining words they put in their profiles most often, sorted by state. So, these words are ones that are used most frequently in each state relative to the other states. As you can see from the infographic, there's a lot of variation there, with a few fun little surprises thrown in. Oregon's love of "kayaking," Colorado's obsession with "snowboarding," and Texas' interest in "oil" could maybe be predicted. But, we were a little surprised to see "lookin" dominating in Mississippi, "gospel" in Maryland, and "bonfires" up north. Really? Bonfires? Whatever works, we guess. Other notable favorites include Connecticut's "casino," New York's "museum," and Florida's "Disney." Other dating sites have started to employ strategies in an effort to move past these general, state-by-state similarities and look at individual ones. For instance, My Show Mate uses your favorite TV shows to find a match, and Willow capitalizes on user-generated questions to help you find someone to share those things that make you two unique. You can play around with the original interactive map here, or check out Vox's version below.

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