Top 10 States Addicted to Football or Is It Just Fan Loyalty?
Iowans do love football, from high school to college ball. So it may not be surprising to learn that Iowans are in the Top Ten of football fans who may be logging more than their share of time watching games. But is it fan loyalty or football addiction?
How much is too much when it comes to football?
We're barely a month into the college football season, but that's not stopping the website Betonline.ag from postulating the question - what state watches too much football?
Who are they asking? Significant others of loyal football fans may slightly skew this survey. Interestingly the site used geotagged Twitter data to determine when and where people complained about how much time their partner spent watching football games.
This occurs when following your football team (and doing things related to your football team) becomes the most essential activity in your life and dominates your thinking (a total preoccupation), feelings (cravings), and behavior (with a deterioration of how you interact with others).
If that deep data dive doesn't concern you, then you'll be happy to note that the site tracked 150,000 Tweets over thirty days to determine the most complaints. The state watching too much football turns out to be #1, West Virginia, followed by #2, Ohio State. So how does Ohio State always manage to land in the Top Ten for anything football related?
This survey may be their only time cracking the Top Ten this season, but Nebraska was #3.
Iowa Football Fans were ranked #4 for watching too much football. Who knew that was even a thing?
The Top Ten states accused of over-watching include #5, Texas #6, Kentucky #7, Indiana #8, Idaho #9, South Carolina, and #10, Colorado.
However, data is a funny thing and could be analyzed differently. Is it possible these fans are simply the most loyal in America? So much so that they are willing to sacrifice weekends and family time to root for their teams no matter how hapless the offense or unlucky the season.
Nonetheless, suppose your significant other is showing signs of loneliness and neglect. So much so that they are complaining online and posting forlorn Tweets about your absence. Pictures of an empty chair at the dinner table posted to social media with a sad emoji may be a potential warning sign.
In that case, it may be wise to put the remote down and step away from the football game. Then shower your significant other with some attention - at least during time-outs, commercial breaks, halftime, between games, and Tuesdays!