Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Dallas Twitterers use F-bomb more than people in Lubbock, maybe
"Lubbock seems an awfully friendly place," the study says. Huh?
The Daily Mail recently published a story asking if Buffalo was the rudest city in America, based on highly scientific data collected from Twitter. They refer to the Twitter Heat Map from Vertaline, which scanned tweets from 462 U.S. cities looking for two specific phrases: “Good morning” and “F*** you.”
Like I said. Highly scientific.
A lot of states don’t seem to show much activity on the heat map at all, from which I think we can scientifically conclude that they don’t have the Internet up there yet (they’re probably still dialing into BBSes or otherwise acting like the people in these videos). But Texas? It has some things that The Daily Mail felt like pointing out.
“Lubbock seems an awfully friendly place. Without fail, ‘good morning’ blooms around the north Texas city every day of the study.
“About 350 miles southeast in Dallas, Twitter users are significantly less polite and are shown piling on the ‘f*** yous’ more days than not.”
Now, I grew up here in the Dallas area -- Rowlett and Garland -- but you get the idea. I also spent four years in Lubbock when I went to Texas Tech. Both have their little rays of sunshine and their people who might rather a smack in the face with a shovel, but I certainly don’t remember Lubbock as a heavenly wonderland in which everyone was much nicer than here in Dallas. Granted, most of my interactions with other humans there was of the college-age variety, but you would think that’s also a rather sizable segment of Twitter users.
I also don’t recall ever feeling the need to tweet “good morning” when waking up to a dust storm that I needed to walk to class in. That seems like it would be more of an “f*** you” situation, if I were inclined to use such language on social media.
This study doesn’t strike me as something we should take too seriously, but what do you think? Is Dallas a city that simply tends to inspire a strong F-bomb response on a regular basis?