A recent study conducted by Estately found that the state with the most immature men in the United States is . . . Rhode Island.
The real estate search site was inspired by a recent Pew Research poll showing that “the share of American adults who have never been married is at an historic high”–1 in 5 adults over 25.
Not only that, but the percentage of men who have never been married is growing at a faster rate than the percentage of women who haven’t. In 1960, Pew reported, 10% of men and 8% of women over 25 had never been married. In 2012, the number of men jumped to 23%, while women lagged behind at 17%.
“Why are men increasingly undesirable?” Estately asked. “Could it be that people are simply not interested in cohabitating with men who do little more than drink with their buddies, play video games, and watch porn?” Eager to give marriage-minded ladies a hand, they took to Facebook to investigate.
They measured male immaturity with six metrics: the state’s unemployment rate, fantasy football enthusiasm, beer pong enthusiasm, video game enthusiasm, Family Guy enthusiasm, and porn watching. They measured porn viewership by finding out the “number of porn downloads per capita in each state,” (clearly advantaging those who still buy magazines or rent DVDs), and the other metrics by analyzing interest expressed in the topics on Facebook by men between the ages of 25 and 65.
Rhode Island took the prize, being first in Family Guy fandom, 2nd in pong, and 3rd in unemployment. Delaware, Illinois, North Dakota, and Ohio round out the top five.
While the study may look arbitrary, the folks at Estately may be on to something–a 2014 analysis of U.S. Census data found that Rhode Island is tied with Louisiana for the highest percentage of singles in the country, at 55.7%.
“It’s unfortunate that Rhode Island isn’t a real island because that could provide an excuse for the thousands of man-sized children who’ve failed to launch there,” wrote Estately blogger Ryan Nickum.
The state with the fewest immature men? None other than Utah, the state that gave us Karl Rove, Orrin Hatch, and all six Osmonds.
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