Where are people finding potential love matches? It varies from region to region, but researchers found a way to analyze it. On Craig’s List, there’s a section called “Missed Connections.” That’s where people post messages to someone they met, or saw, that they were interested in, but for whatever reason – they never got around to exchanging phone numbers. They’ll post something like, “We met at the subway station, and we had a nice conversation, but you got off the train before I did and I never got your number. Please contact me.” This is actually how our Production Coordinator Elizabeth met her boyfriend. Well, researchers crunched the numbers and here’s what they found:
On the West Coast, people are finding love at the gym – and on the bus. Those are the two main places where people spot someone they’re interested in.
In Nevada, it’s no surprise people are looking for love at casinos.
All along the southern US, from New Mexico to Florida – and every state in between, people are looking for love at Walmart!
Along the east coast of the US, convenience stores, like Stop & Shop, are the hot spot for missed connections. Like, “I saw you getting a carton of milk and you smiled at me, but you left before I could talk to you.”
And in the middle of the country, people are finding love at the supermarket – from Minnesota, to Wyoming to Nebraska.
So the takeaway message is this – people are out there looking for love in very ordinary places. Open your eyes, strike up a conversation, and you never know if you’ll make a connection.