A More Perfect Union

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Artist-programmer R. Luke DuBois has his own map of the U.S., and it’s not colored with red states and blue. DuBois doesn’t need the polls; he gathered his data from 19 million dating profiles. Politics, schmolitics – he wants to know what we really think about. Who’s shy, who’s bored, who’s sexy. And who wants to be spanked. Produced by Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slideshow: Mapping the Country’s Singles

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Artist and computer programmer R. Luke DuBois created a new set of maps of the United States.  After trying online dating in 2008, he decided to use information in dating sites to map the country. This map shows the use of the word “lonely” in dating profiles; red colors represent women, blue colors represent men, and brighter colors mean more singles use the word.

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The single and “bored,” according to DuBois’s findings.

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The nation’s “sexy.”

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The “shy.”

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And the “crazy.”

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DuBois wrote computer software to analyze about 19 million singles profiles from 21 different dating services.  He then replaced the names of cities and towns with the words that singles profiles in those cities and towns use more than anywhere else in the country.  This map shows Southern California, where Los Angeles singles use the word “acting” more than anywhere else.

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DuBois’s word-map for the gulf coast of Texas.

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Boston and the surrounding suburbs.

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Northwest, Washington, DC.

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Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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Kurt Andersen’s old stomping grounds in eastern Nebraska.

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