In case anyone still had any lingering doubts about it, it is now official: my home state of Massachusetts has the smartest residents in the Union. So says a new study of reading levels and IQs, based on an analysis of 500,000 Twitter messages posted by people across the U.S.
The researchers from Californian real-estate group Movoto used a computer algorithm to analyze tweets based on spelling, grammar and word choice. They have created a series of amazing 3D interactive maps to illustrate the breakdown of reading levels and IQ scores by state, based on the Twitter feedback.
Chris Kolmar, chief economist from Movoto made this comment on his findings:
The required brevity of tweets is likely the cause of this, and the comparison of states is the real measurement of interest.
So here are the results and the amazing interactive maps for you to play with.
1. State reading levels.
2. Click on a state to find its average reading score based on tweets.
3. State IQ levels.
4. Click on a state to find its average IQ based on tweets.
5. How smart is your state?
6. The average reading level in the U.S. is 4.9.
Share these interesting results with your friends below and be prepared foe some pushback if they live in the “wrong” states.