Emotional state of our stateFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When you think of personality traits stereotypical of the good people of North Dakota or Minnesota, 'Midwest nice' may come to mind.
By: Drew Trafton, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When you think of personality traits stereotypical of the good people of North Dakota or Minnesota, 'Midwest nice' may come to mind.
One study is putting that warm notion to the test.
Drew Trafton- WDAY 6 News Reporter: "Hi. Would I be able to ask you folks a few questions for the news? For the news?"
"No, I'm, uh..."
Trafton: "Too busy?"
Trafton: "Could I ask you a few questions?"
Trafton: "Ok, thanks."
Trafton: "Can I steal a few seconds of your time for an interview?"
"No, thank you."
Trafton: "Ok, thanks. Have a good day."
Wondering what that's all about? Well, the University of Cambridge in England recently conducted a study to try and identify general moods shared by residents of each state. North Dakota and Minnesota were both described as friendly and conventional, with one exception: Openness.
You know, like openness to participating in television news interviews…
Trafton: "Hi. Would you have a few seconds to do a..."
Trafton: "News interview? No thanks? Alright, have a good day."
But, perhaps it's unfair to fault someone for being camera shy. After all, there are plenty of people who enjoy a little limelight.
“Hey ma, how's it going?”
And those people think the study was way off base.
Brittney Brown- Open to Interviews: "You can pretty much go up to anyone and they'll be friendly right away. You can start a conversation."
George Mihlbauer- Open to Interviews: "They get together and are very community-oriented and stuff, so, they're willing to do stuff."
Take it or leave it, the study also said the country typically projects three sets of moods: Friendly and conventional, like North Dakota and Minnesota, relaxed and creative and temperamental and uninhibited.
My volunteers described themselves as relaxed and creative. If you follow the findings of the study, they should feel most at home in Oregon, California or Arizona.
Reaction to that prognosis was mixed.
Brown: "Yeah, Arizona and California for sure."
Cameron Critt- Open to Interviews: "I don't know. They're a bunch of crazies out there. It's different."
I'd agree. I'd rather live here where there's nothing out the ordinary.
The friendliest states from the study were Nebraska and Iowa, the most creative: Oregon, California and Arizona and the most temperamental: Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.