Personality by region

by on February 14, 2014 at 1:28 pm in Data Source, Philosophy, Political Science, Science | Permalink

As indicated by words on blogs: red is high neurotic, blue is low.  Highly speculative of course:


1 JWatts February 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I don’t know how good this particular research is, but the idea of doing analysis of blog posts across different groups is pretty interesting. It gets around the whole, people acting one way, but polling another (ie it’s a good indicator of revealed preferences.)

Of course, how did the authors determine where a blog was written from. If they are using IP address host location, then there are going to be a lot of misleading entries.

2 Duncan February 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Have you ever tried Percodan and tomato juice?

3 Hadur February 14, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Interesting that nobody in northern california blogs anymore.

4 Brian February 14, 2014 at 9:17 pm

The lack of significant blue or red tint would seem to me to be an area of neither high nor low neurotic, not lack of blogging.

5 SG February 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I find the notion that DC is low-neurotic to be hilarious.

6 Roy February 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

That’s because you’re only thinking about the white people who live in DC.

7 Roy February 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm

(who are much less than 50% of the city’s population, to make my meaning clear)

8 AIG February 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm

But they probably also don’t blog as much as the “white” population of the city.

9 prior_approval February 15, 2014 at 12:01 am

Speaking as a native Northern Virginian, you are of course right about a city of roughly 600,000. However, Fairfax County alone has a population double that, and it would be unsurprising if the number of federal workers living in Fairfax considerably outweigh the number of federal workers living in DC.

Or to put it a bit differently – the Pentagon most certainly is part of what most people refer to as ‘DC’ or ‘Washington,’ but it is not in DC itself. And I would be shocked if even 5% of the people working at the Pentagon live in DC proper.

10 Curt F. February 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I clicked through two links to get to the underlying study but then gave up…so I could be wrong, but this looks like a graph of the ratio of people who blog about “public affairs” to people who blog about their personal lives. Red having a high level of political, arts, wonkish, and technical blogging, which I theorize leads to much less frequent use of “neurotic” words. And blue of course having a higher level of mommy, cooking, lifestyle, and similar blogs.

Also either the underlying data or the smoothing kernels used to make the soft color gradients seem seems very low-res. Is blogging in Barstow really that similar to blogging in Newport Beach?

11 Z February 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm

It would be interesting to lay this over Colin Woodard’s American Nations boundaries map.

12 Jonah February 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

What’s up with Oklahoma?

13 Maximum Liberty February 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Ever been there? It’s Oklahoma.


14 DCBillS February 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Tornados, heat waves, drought, extreme cold, Oklahomans (sooners).

15 Live-Evil February 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm

11 nations of America strikes again

16 Live-Evil February 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Jayman will explain

17 JohnnyO February 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

The fact that there are no shades between solid red and solid blue (purple?) makes me highly suspect of this entire visualization.

18 Dismalist February 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Northeast is obviously correct. California is obviously incorrect.

19 John D February 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Are you sure it’s not just a weather forecast?

20 Thor February 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm

“And in weather news, we have a neurotic front moving in from NY State …”

21 dearieme February 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I look at the right side of that map and wonder whether it will bring on fits of the vapours amongst the young maidens of Wellesley.

22 Ed February 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm

What is with the thin white space that seperates west virginia and the area just north of virginia from the areas towards virginia’s east and south?

Culturally, i don’t know of any sharp distinctions between the two areas.

23 Paul February 15, 2014 at 12:26 am

Appalachia vs. the plantation South. Just think about the stereotypes. Southerners are often portrayed as laid back, languid, enjoying life in a leisurely way. Appalachians are often depicted as debauched, paranoid, stubborn, prickly, etc.

24 Shane M February 15, 2014 at 3:41 am

It’d really help to see examples of the trigger words built into this index. Also if there are only “high neurotic” words, or whether there are “low neurotic” words that can cancel out the “high neurotic” words. It’s interesting that the pattern exists, but I really have no clue what to make of it without seeing examples of comments from different regions.

25 Enrique February 15, 2014 at 11:14 am

What’s the yellow stand for? An optimal level of neurosis?

26 Mike Wallins February 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

It pains me to comment on posts like this but I would like to point to other commenters that you have too much time on your hands if you put any relevance on this junk.

27 John Trevor February 16, 2014 at 10:37 pm


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