Data analysts at Facebook are smart folks, and they have a treasure trove of information at their hands to do whatever they want with. Sometimes that means discovering what people are thankful for in different regions of America.
Last summer, in response to calls for Facebook users to post what they’re thankful for, Facebook scrapped together all posts that contained the words “grateful” and “thankful.” Unsurprisingly, the results show that overall, people were most thankful for family, friends, and health.
Analysts also looked at status updates that occurred at a disproportionately high rate in particular states to craft a map of things that each state is grateful for. According to the data, Massachusetts is particularly thankful for “The Ocean,” which makes sense. Meanwhile, our neighbors to the north are grateful for Netflix and Pinterest. It’s the simple things in life, I guess. Reasonably, states that have experienced drought this year are thankful for rain, while many states that lie on the Bible Belt are grateful for “God’s Love,” “Mercy,” and “Salvation.”
Also, women Facebook users are particularly thankful for “fur babies”: