Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 4, 2013
Apparently Buckeyes aren’t as proper as you’d think: A study by the Marchex Institute found that Ohioans are the most likely to curse when talking to people on the phone.
According to the Institute, Ohioans swear on the phone in about one out of every 150 phone conversations they engage in. At the other end of the spectrum is Washington state, where people are only likely to swear in one out of every 300 phone conversations.
“Ohio’s state slogan used to be ‘The Heart of it All,’” John Busby, Senior Vice President of the Marchex Institute, said in a blog post. “One could argue this data adds an extra layer of meaning to that phrase.”
The company gathered the data by examining more than 600,000 phone calls placed by consumers to businesses across 30 industries, including cable and satellite companies, auto dealerships and pest control centers, over a 12-month period. The Institute scanned for curse words “from A to F to S”, and then linked the frequency of those words to the states.
The study also found that men were twice as likely to curse on the phone as women and that people were more likely to curse on a call lasting more than 10 minutes or made in the morning.
The Marchex Institute also looked at the most (and least) courteous states in the union, basing those distinctions upon the number of times Americans said “please” or “thank you” on a phone call. Unsurprisingly, the majority of states ranking in the top five for most courteous hail from the South, with the Palmetto State taking the top prize. Wisconsin was found to be the least courteous state, with Ohio coming in fifth.
Check out how your state fared (image courtesy of the Marchex Institute):