Why is [state] so...? Autocomplete shows stereotypes

Why is [state] so...? Autocomplete shows stereotypes

Credit: Twitter: @Amazing_Maps

Photos courtesy Twitter: @Amazing_Maps

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by Cooper Allen, USA Today

KREM.com

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 11:06 AM

A U.S. map tweeted from the @Amazing_Maps account shows the results produced by Google's auto-complete function for each state after typing in "Why is [state] so..."

And let's just say you're not likely to see these one-word characterizations popping up in many state mottos.

For many states, stereotypes are generated, such as for Tennessee (racist), Georgia (backwards) and Illinois (corrupt). New Jersey is perceived simply as "bad." Southern states such as South Carolina and West Virginia are listed as poor. And Florida is hot.

Some states are described by their climates, including Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, which are all "cold."

At least Oregon, however, would most likely embrace its description. Apparently, Google users wonder why the Pacific Northwest state is so "good."

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