In the world of online dating, there is a seemingly endless virtual line of potential dates standing outside your virtual door. But sifting through an infinite number of matches can feel like a slog when every profile contains the phrases, “easy going,” “dog lover” and “I like everything except country, lol.”
But though it sometimes seems like every dating profile is the same, there are clear distinctions that separate American daters in each state from one another.
Mashable asked Match.com to analyze thousands of online dating profiles from the U.S., and to offer insight into the habits and interests of daters in each state. Essentially, they broke down which words are used with relative frequency in certain states, as compared to relative infrequency in the rest of the country. For example, Texas love its “oil,” New York loves a stimulating visit to the “museum,” and Mississippi loves “lookin.”
When did Ohio become the most basic state in the country? Do we enjoy Starbucks, Northface jackets, and Ugg boots too? Did the Match.com profiles they looked at only belong to 17 year junior girls in high school?
Look, I’m as pro-bonfire as they come. Gathering wood, slugging a few beers, maybe bring a radio out and listen to a game or some tunes… all great things. But c’mon, everyone loves bonfires. Putting “I like bonfires” in my dating profile is the same as putting “I like food and music.” Everyone likes food and music, it goes without saying. You need to put stuff that stands out in your profile and “bonfires” ain’t cutting it.
Besides, who uses Match.com anyway? It’s all about Tinder now.