Which 'Should I ...' Question Is Your State Googling?

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Whether you're about to make an important life decision or you're considering changing your appearance, you may ask Google to weigh in before moving forward. People around the country are guilty of asking the search engine subjective "should I" questions, but the subjects people are searching for vary by state.

For the map below, the analysts at the AT&T retailer All Home Connections used autocomplete to determine the most common Google search queries starting with the words "Should I ..." From there, they looked at the Google Trends data from the past year to break down the popularity of each question in all 50 states.

"Should I vote?" was one of the top searches, ranking most popular in seven states. People throughout the U.S. are also Googling health and diet-related questions, with "should I fast?", "should I lose weight?", and "should I diet?" each cropping up in multiple states. While some states are concerned with relatively minor questions, like "should I buy Bitcoin?" and "should I text him?", others are using Google to make potentially life-changing moves. "Should I break up with my boyfriend?," "should I have a baby?," and "should I buy a house?" all came out on top in at least one state.

This map represents just a fraction of what Americans are typing into Google. You can also check out the health symptoms, state-specific questions, and general topics people are searching for where you live.

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If you can't figure all of these out on the map above, here's the complete list and a larger image of each state's selection.

Mapping the Most Popular Holiday Movie in Each State


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The holiday season is all about unity, but few topics are more divisive than which Christmas movie is the ultimate seasonal film. For every Home Alone fan, there’s an Elf enthusiast. To settle the score, the folks at online TV service provider CableTV.com have collected the top-rated yuletide films as rated over at AMC, and cross-referenced them with Google Trends state data from the past 10 years. They crunched the data, and compiled it into a map of each state’s favorite holiday flick.

Residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Vermont liked films set in their home states: Christmas in Connecticut, Home Alone (filmed in Winnetka, Illinois), It’s a Wonderful Life (set in the fictional city of Bedford Falls, New York), and White Christmas (set in the fictional town of Pine Tree, Vermont) all came out on top in those states, respectively.

As for Southern residents, they preferred Christmas cartoons and comedies, like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In New England, movie fans kept it cozy with the classics, including White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. Pockets of the Midwest appreciated National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and residents of the Atlantic Seaboard and the Great Lakes region liked Home Alone and Elf. And out West, the Nightmare Before Christmas reigned supreme.

Check out the full results in the map above.

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