Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Map of the Day: Where We Seek Love

The above map is the result of a scholarly study of the "missed connections" section of Craigslist. It depicts the most frequently-cited location where a Missed Connection occured, by state.  For those unfamiliar with Craigslist, Wikipedia defines a Missed Connection as "an occurrence where two or more people are unable to exchange contact information or the information that is exchanged is lost. These missed connections are generally associated with romance, but they may also be business-related or otherwise. Through the use of publications and websites some people seek to reconnect with their missed connection."

Andrew Sullivan dubs this the saddest map in America:

This is where you thought you saw your future spouse or date or hook-up, state by state. It is, in some ways, a sign of where we are now most likely to see people we don’t know in various parts of the country. It’s also a sign of male loneliness or romance: men seeking to find a possible love-mate outnumber women 86 – 14. [...]

Now look at the South – more people spy love at Wal-Mart than anywhere else, from Florida all the way to New Mexico. And that thread runs all the way through deep red America. Only Oklahoma cites the state fair as a mixer. The rest see each other under the merciless lighting of the giant super-store. This is how we fall in love or lust, where we flirt and look back: when we’re shopping. The big cities – like NYC and DC – showcase the random human interaction on the subway or metro.

Steve Clowney

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Fascinating. Walmart's prominence all over the map is incredibly interesting. The geographic reflection of our activities when we're connecting - gym visits and public transportation on the coasts, at the store or bar in the Midwest and South - is equally interesting considering the typical characterization of life in those places, and seems to fit well. I wonder how much this map will change in the next 50 years.

Posted by: FSSK Law | Mar 1, 2013 9:58:20 AM

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