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Old 12-30-2018, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by TheTimidBlueBars View Post

This map draws on millions of survey responses from the online dating site OkCupid to gauge the average user's level of "openness to experience" in every MSA in the US. Openness to experience is a widely recognized personality trait in modern psychology, which involves curiosity, unconventionality, appreciation of the arts, humanities, and sciences, and a hunger for adventure. People low in this trait would be described as more conventional, grounded, practical, and traditional.

This is one of 13 maps that OkCupid generated based on factor analysis, a process wherein artificial intelligence aggregates huge numbers of responses to a few hundred survey questions and identifies responses that correlate the most strongly (e.g. someone who answers "yes" to "Do you like swimming?" is also likely to answer "yes" to "Do you enjoy days at the beach?") These 13 maps, theoretically, should represent the regional strength of various personality traits, and the authors of this article chose to label this response cluster as "openness to experience", because a lot of the questions that correlated together related to the above qualities.

So here's my first question: why is openness to experience so much higher in the Western states than in the Midwest, Northeast, and South? (There's also a lesser correlation with big cities - which makes sense; when you're surrounded by cultural events, indie film shows, and weird, iconoclastic people, you'll tend to become more appreciative of the ideas they offer.) Do mountains just inspire people to seek greater horizons? Or are the genetic descendants of pioneers who migrated across the country likely to be more adventurous than the average?

Link to the full article, including the other 12 maps - it's really interesting stuff: https://theblog.okcupid.com/the-8-pe...s-9d87a5a40274
So basically, places with a ton of educated residents and transplants are open, while places with a ton of low-skilled and native residents are not.
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Old 12-30-2018, 05:12 PM
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I guess it depends on what you mean by "experience." Are those supposedly less open to it able to afford to travel or do lots of new things? Are some people so beaten down by life-- whether it's poverty, depression, circumstances, or location-- that they're more worried about paying the rent or wanting to live through the day or getting the several kids from daycare or being healthy enough to do anything at all, than new and novel experiences? Do they live somewhere conducive to it or would they have to travel a long way? Do they have enough education to think there could be something else out there?

There are a lot of people who would probably be more open to new experiences *if given the chance*. (In this case, perhaps you get more accurate results since I assume it's based on people who self-report as being more open, as opposed to people who are functionally more open, which means you can have the personality trait even if something in your circumstances keeps you from actually acting on it. OTOH, perhaps it's less accurate because isn't "I love new experiences" like THE thing everyone says on their dating profile, kind of like everyone's resume says they "learn fast"? Many may be lying...)
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