March 17, 2016
How many insults can you fit into 150 characters? Apparently a lot.
A new study looking at derogatory posts published on Twitter reveals there’s a shocking amount of users from the US posting racist, sexist, and discriminatory Tweets on the social media website.
The study is part of a series by Abodo focusing on the best places in America to live.
“When you’re searching for a place to call home, one of the most important aspects to consider is your compatibility with an area’s culture and values,” it reads.
“We decided to look at the language Americans use when tweeting about different races, ethnicities, genders, religions and sexual orientations.”
The study took into account more than 12 million Tweets from across the country between June 2014 and December 2015 and broke them down into categories by topic as well as an overall account of the states with the most offensive Tweets.
Analyzed by state, Louisiana is the overall winner for posting offensive content, with 1,155 Tweets out of every 100,000 containing form of intolerant language. That’s one in every 87 Tweets. This takes into account Tweets about black and Hispanic/Latino people, women, gays and lesbians, transgender people, people with disabilities, and people who are overweight.
Not far behind are Nevada (929), Texas (925) and Maryland (895).
In stark contrast, Wyoming, Montana and Vermont Tweet the least amount of derogatory language, with Wyoming seeing just 120 nasty Tweets per 100,000. That’s just over one-tenth the amount that’s coming from Louisiana.
When it comes down to specifics, the results are all over the map. West Virginia scores the highest for anti-black Tweets, while Louisiana and Nevada take the top spot for derogatory language against women, and Buffalo, New York appears to take an anti-gay stance.
Although the data paints a bleak picture, Abodo points out there are a far greater number of Twitter users posting messages of positivity.
“While the scale of hostility expressed openly on Twitter can be troubling to think about, there are many positive signs as well, such as the relative rarity of certain slurs and how they’re often eclipsed by more tolerant language.”
Megan Abraham is a staff writer for SiteProNews.