University of Michigan Research Reveals Geography Affects How We View Romance


Love and its emotions have never ceased to amaze a lot of people, even scientists can't keep their curiosity about it. Thus, it is not surprising that a number of studies and research about love has been conducted by different experts in various fields. One recent research has been made and the conclusion was that geography plays an important role in how people view love and romance.

Researchers from the University of Michigan conducted a research about two specific relationship traits by analyzing hundreds of data of Americans across all 50 states of America. The traits they were looking for are attachment anxiety and avoidance anxiety, which are opposites. What the researchers discovered was that each state has a distinct about love.

For example, the research said that New Yorkers and West Virginians tend to have attachment anxiety or clinginess. These feelings can be demonstrated by the need to know every move of their partner and be constantly reassured. On the other hand, those who are from Nevada and Kentucky are suffering from avoidance anxiety which is demonstrated by hiding their true feelings and avoiding intimacy.

The researchers explained that weather and physical conditions of the place also affect how people behave in a relationship. The researchers said that those who live in secluded, mountainous areas tend to fall in the group with avoidance anxiety. They tend to be independent and dislike social interactions.

Meanwhile, the study also reveals that Wisconsin, Utah, and Mississippi are the top states for lovers because they scored low in both measurements. The other states that belong to this group include Alaska, Delaware, North Carolina, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont.

Those that belong to the opposite spectrum are New York, Indiana, North and South Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Colorado, Kansas, and Rhode Island.

The study was published in the Journal of Research in Personality.

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