New Jersey the 'flirtiest' state, North Dakota the friendliest
All the flirting you see New Jerseyans doing on MTV doesn't stop at the shore.
New Jersey is the most flirtatious state on the Web, according to a new study by the social networking site Tagged. Following the Garden State are Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Indiana.
The study measured flirting based on the number of virtual winks -- the site's equivalent of Facebook poking -- users sent per month, which in Jersey's case was a "whopping" 94 on average.
"New Jersey’s pop culture reputation for unabashed opinions and extroverted residents may be more than a myth and translate into higher average flirting numbers," the study said.
Rounding out the Top 10 "flirtiest" states were Massachusetts, Connecticut, Nevada, Rhode Island and Florida.
No word on California, which didn't make the Top 10.
Along with finding the most flirtatious state, Tagged found North Dakota to be the friendliest state, based on the number of total new friend connections that were sent out by the people sampled during the study. North Dakota also took top honors in the friendliest men category, while Arizona had the friendliest women, coming as no surprise to students of Arizona State University.
The study concluded North Dakotans' social forwardness comes from the state already relying heavily on community institutions -- it has the most churches per capita of any state -- while being the third least populous state.
"Thus far-flung residents are naturally in search of new connections with neighbors and those far beyond," the study said.
Tagged, which has 100 million members, is a social network focused on enabling users to meet new people. The CEO of the social network Greg Tseng said that while North Dakota will probably embrace its titles, some in New Jersey may not be too fond of the "flirtiest" title, but he said the state's flirt quotient is nothing to be ashamed of.
"It’s also a potentially great ice breaker during a next flirting opportunity for those in the Garden State," Tseng said.
-- Salvador Rodriguez
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