An atlas to find love – 'Missed connections'-style

Psychology Today has mapped where we're (almost) finding love with the help of data collected from Craigslist's "missed connections."

Where do you think you are most likely to find love?

Is it at 24 Hour Fitness? Wal-Mart? Or your neighborhood bar?

Turns out, it's all of the above.

Psychology Today has mapped all the places where we are almost finding love by looking at top spots for "missed connections" by state.

For the uninitiated, "missed connections" is a section on Craigslist which allows users to post anything they want about other people (usually strangers) they spotted on the bus, in a bar or just about anywhere.

The only condition – it has to be somewhat romantic.

The article, "Missed connections: seen but not spoken to: an atlas of where we're (almost) finding love," by Dorothy Gambrell has a map which uses data to illustrate who's posting on "missed connections," where the encounters are taking place and so on.

The study found, believe it or not, that the most missed connections in the South take place at Wal-Mart.

In Indiana, the most missed connections are "at home." While in Kansas, it's at McDonald's.

In California, the most missed connections are at the gym — 24 Hour Fitness to be precise.

People in Utah find the most missed connections while they are in college, while those in Nevada check out other people – yes, you guessed it – in the casino.

Other places for missed connections include parking lots, convenience stores and state fairs.

In the Pacific Northwest, the most missed connections occur on the bus. In Illinois and New Jersey? The train.

And in New York, the subway of course.


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