The Seven Deadly Sins

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5 May 2009

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Greed was calculated by comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line. Envy was calculated using the total number of thefts – robbery, burglary, larceny and stolen cars. Wrath was calculated by comparing the total number of violent crimes – murder, assault and rape – reported to the FBI per capita. Lust was calculated by compiling the number of sexually transmitted diseases – HIV, AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea – reported per capita. Gluttony was calculated by counting the number of fast food restaurants per capita. Sloth was calculated by comparing expenditures on arts, entertainment and recreation with the rate of employment. And pride, lastly, is most important. The root of all sins, in this study, is the aggregate of all data. Vought and his Kansas colleagues combined all data from the six other sins and averaged it into an overview of all evil.

Related article with more details. (I couldn’t find the original study "The Spatial Distribution of the Seven Deadly Sins within Nevada” from Kansas State University)

14 Responses to The Seven Deadly Sins

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First Things » Blog Archive » The Seven Deadly Sins in Chart Form

May 7th, 2009 at 5:57 am

[...] the East Coast more lustful than the West? Greedier? When you look at the seven deadly sins mapped across the country, the East Coast and the South turn out to be the most prideful, which in these charts meant the [...]

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Seven Deadly Sins « The Bronzed Shoe Archives

May 7th, 2009 at 7:18 am

[...] This is incredible and hilarious – someone at Kansas State mapped the seven deadly sins across the United States. The map of pride (the root of all evil) is the aggregate of all the data. Maps for each sin and more details here: http://chartporn.org/2009/05/05/the-seven-deadly-sins [...]

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Devin

May 7th, 2009 at 10:21 am

The only problem with these data and charts is that the numbers are normalized…they are relative to numbers across the whole country. So if you compared those numbers to another country – say, oh I don’t know, Canada – pretty much every state would be in the red for everything.

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The Seven Deadly Sins | VizWorld.com

May 8th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

[...] The Seven Deadly Sins – Chart Porn. Share and [...]

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The Seven Deadly Sins- State by State - General U.S. - City-Data Forum

May 9th, 2009 at 11:47 am

[...] sites. Let’s try not to take it too seriously, it’s 80% poking fun and 20% real data. The Seven Deadly Sins – Chart Porn Click the link for methodology. [+] Rate this post [...]

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Demographics of Sinning | Constant Conservative

May 11th, 2009 at 3:54 am

[...] a new perspective on what are commonly called the Seven Deadly Sins, one could do worse than check out these maps of the United States  which use the Iniquity Density Object Legend (or something like that). [...]

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Maitri

May 11th, 2009 at 4:21 am

The one place in the United States that one would be interested in seeing these stats is New Orleans. The North arrow conveniently obscures it. Whoops or …?

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Whateverporn.com

May 13th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I guess that means the West Coast is “Lust Free”. :)

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If Only – 7 Deadly Sins Map of America « Absurd Delight

June 4th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

[...] ChartPorn was kind enough to synthesize the methodology. And since this is blogging, we can be lazy enough to just cut and paste, their edited cut and pasted. In fact, we didn’t even read it all the way through before posting the excerpt. (And we wonder why newspapers and their actual reporting have become a losing business model, ha!): Greed was calculated by comparing average incomes with the total number of inhabitants living beneath the poverty line. Envy was calculated using the total number of thefts – robbery, burglary, larceny and stolen cars. Wrath was calculated by comparing the total number of violent crimes – murder, assault and rape – reported to the FBI per capita. Lust was calculated by compiling the number of sexually transmitted diseases – HIV, AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea – reported per capita. Gluttony was calculated by counting the number of fast food restaurants per capita. Sloth was calculated by comparing expenditures on arts, entertainment and recreation with the rate of employment. And pride, lastly, is most important. The root of all sins, in this study, is the aggregate of all data. [...]

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Troy

August 18th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

But… but the love of money is the root of all evil, not pride. This methodology is flawed — flawed, I say!

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conrad

August 19th, 2009 at 6:54 am

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born live love die » Seven sins

September 29th, 2009 at 5:45 am

[...] practiced in the United States.  It popped on the net today, but I found a better set of charts at ChartPorn.  Here’s the one for Envy. Map of Envy in [...]

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Frank

October 3rd, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I believe this is really, really flawed. STD rates for instance has nothing to do with lust, it has to do with poor education in sexual health and abstinence only programs. Sloth has nothing to do with expenditures on art, but would be more realistically tied to something like amount of cars per capita. Only one or two of these can even kindly be said to display what it claims to.

In short: art project fail.

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Alon

August 9th, 2011 at 3:31 am

Actual article here.

@Frank: the researchers acknowledge this was done as a mental experiment. I don’t like their indexes for sloth and pride either, but these are quite difficult variables to operationalise in any case.

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