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Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 4:00 a.m. MST

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Esquire
Springville, UT

I find these maps to be really interesting. But I don't know how one can reliably quantify these sins. Nevertheless, the South seems to have some issues. Funny how Utah identifies with the South poitically. What does that mean?

antodav
TAMPA, FL

Hardly scientific, especially the calculations of sloth, greed, and pride. But it's good to know that Florida does so "well" on most of these. 😛

Utah identifying with the South politically is a very broad and generalized statement. Yes Utah tends to vote Republican, but the issues at the top of Utahans' priorities are quite different from those of Alabamans, South Carolinians, and Texans. Also I don't see any correlation between that and the seven deadly sins, since people of all political persuasions are guilty of these sins.

TheBleak
West Jordan, UT

"Gluttony and sloth are barely seen throughout the United States."

I am not sure how accurate this study is; considering the very high rate over overweight (35.5%) and obese (27.2%) people in the US. There is clearly a gluttony and slothful issue taking place.

The factures they used to measure this are clearly ineffective.

smyers8
United States, CA

@TheBleak,
It's just a statistical oversight. When they say "Gluttony and sloth are barely seen throughout the Unites States," they mean that gluttony and sloth are not seen in a regional concentration in the United States, and that all of the country is equally gluttonous and slothful. You can see that the map uses a standard statistical formula for their presentation, with red being "standard deviations above the average" and blue being "standard deviations below the average." White doesn't mean "nobody is doing it," it just means that the average amount of people are doing it in relation to the rest of the country. Long story short, I agree. It wouldn't be hard (seeing as they already have the data to support these maps) for then to make a straightforward "sins per capita" chart. It would be much more useful to us normal folks than putting the whole country in misleading averages with itself.

Fred T
PHOENIX, AZ

Their criteria for Gluttony marks a very high area in Texas.
However, it is in Texas where the population is VERY low.
No doubt there are many fast food places along highways to capture the traveling public.

Stats are only as good as the criteria used.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Good thing that "hypocrisy in government (local, state or national)" isn't a category or the whole country would be red.

OlderGreg
USA, CA

The memolition link shows the specific maps and criteria. Interesting to note that some criteria is "per capita" and some is total reported (and some reported to the Feds). The NE is high on greed --- where someone who is living in poverty would be well-off in another part of the country. Vegas (sin city) doesn't even register.

Due to the discrepancy in criteria, and the interpretation (sins) --- I'd call this whole thing an exercise in entertaining data manipulation.

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