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The Difference Between Men and Women (Regarding Facebook Picture Upload Frequency Only)

Every time I see one of these Facebook infographics I face the reality that I am a statistically weird Facebook user. I could chalk that up to being the kind of user who was around when it was thefacebook.com and only worked for a few dozen American colleges, but that would be the hipster’s way out.

Full graphic, mostly about pictures, not gender, behind the jump.

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The Majority of Americans Believe that “Geek” is A Compliment

At least, according to the Opinion Research Corporation, who enacted a telephone survey of 1000 American adults on the general subject of the concept with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.

As one might expect, however, there’s something of an age gap at work:

Two-thirds (66 percent) of Millennials (respondents aged 18-34) think being identified as a “geek” is a compliment, while only 39 percent of respondents aged 65 and older agree. The cultural shift in the way Americans perceive geeks is further evidenced by the findings that eight out of 10 (82 percent) respondents feel it is more acceptable to be a geek today than it was 15 years ago.

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Psychologist May Lose Job Over “Study” Claiming that Black Women are Evolutionarily Uglier

Spend enough time following the reporting of science in mainstream media, and you may latch on to the central problem to reporting on science in the mainstream media: it’s often not very good. Many times non-scientific centered news outlets do their best to cover the nuances of a peer reviewed study and fall a little short, and sometimes they just run with the juicy headline that some quack put together, nuances be damned.

So it’s always nice to see the quack in question being penalized for trying to pass off dubious science as considerable fact to a gullible media, most recently in the case of Satoshi Kanazawa and his study entitled Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?

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Who Are Comic Book Fans?

Brett Schenker did some fancy Facebook fooling and compiled a few statistics about the people who self-identify as comic book readers. The American ones, anyway. According to Schenker, “moving it beyond this one country created a data set too large to handle through the way this was gathered.” I imagine that with the popularity of comics in England, France, and especially Japan, that data set was a little tricky to handle. His findings are interesting, if not surprising.

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Twitter Users Have Shorter Relationships: Things We Learned From OkCupid’s Latest Blog Post

Have we mentioned how much we love OkCupid’s statistical posts on their blog? Have we mentioned that more than 20% of Jewish identified women on OkCupid claim they have never masturbated?

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Graph of the Day: The Gender Gap of Mainstream American Comics

Tim Hanley has been statistically examining the breakdown of creator gender at Marvel and DC comics since the beginning of this year, and his post today on Bleeding Cool is an incredibly informative and interesting look at the gender imbalance.

This week, 11.3% of the creators behind DC’s comics were women, and Marvel had 9%. Both of these numbers are, so far, above average.

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Is Wyoming the Loneliest State?

R. Luke DuBois‘ statistical maps of word use in dating website profiles have been making the rounds lately, at least, the ones that have city names replaced with the most common (non-prepositional) word used in the dating profiles located in those cities.

But the rest of his maps are just as interesting, like the above one where it appears that Wyoming’s population is the loneliest in the nation.

Red represents women, blue represents men. Brighter colors mean more singles using that word in their dating profiles.

Words for these graphs are taken only from the sections of the profiles in which the users described themselves. If we’re reading this correctly, Wyoming’s lovely lavender hides many a bleeding heart.

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Women Who Play Mobile Games Play More Games Than They Watch TV

We’re generally wary of statistics that claim that women comprise 50% of online gaming, or that play up the fact that more women play mobile and social games than men do.  After all, those statistics may be true, but they carry very little weight with the hardcore gaming community because those games are not “hardcore.”

And personally, we agree.  Fruit Ninja is not hardcore.  But! The people who play Fruit Ninja, or Farmville, or Angry Birds are gamers, whether or not they identify that way.  They play games.  They spend money on the games industry.  They don’t whine about the hardcore/causal dichotomy or complain about DRM or participate in console war bickering, so is it any wonder that the games industry is slowly learning to cater to them?

According to The Street, more than half of mobile gamers are women, and not only that, they spend more time playing their mobile games than watching prime time TV.

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It’s On A Graph, So It Must Be True: What Your Name Says About Your Sex Life

You may now arbitrarily feel unfortunate, fortunate, lucky, unlucky, skeezed out, worried, excited, or whatever.  Just remember: Susan is not the same name as Susana.

These graphs from SmartDate.com, a site that has no reputation for datamining its large user population to tell us really interesting things about online dating, sexuality, and race.  OkCupid, please run the same experiment, and let us know how it goes.

(Click through to see it bigger.)

(via The Hairpin.)