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Data Porn: New York’s Missed Connections By The Numbers

For the tech set, there is nothing sexier than a good graph. Big data is a big deal, with venture capitalists dedicating entire funds to it. So when Betabeat found the Center for Missed Connections, it was love at first (web)site. The CMC is run by Ingrid Burrington and relies on posts from Craigslist Missed Connections in New York City to understand the longing that pulsates through the Big Apple.

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Lust train

You can see the amorous exchanges filtered by location—gym, coffee shop, laundromat or church. There is a terrific breakdown of which subway is most likely to result in a missed connection. No doubt the WiFi on the L train is helping love struck strap hangers to get their posts up while the memory is still fresh.

Taking a look at the map, it seems the biggest concentrations of missed connections is in Union Square. It’s an outdoor space where a lot of subway lines converge. But its also the hub for New York’s startup scene. Are our overworked techies too busy working to stop when Cupid’s arrow strikes?

Ms. Burrington has some advice for those looking to be featured in missed connections. Make a lot of eye contact. Be attractive. If you can’t be attractive, try to look distinct.

Perhaps the most interesting element is the taxonomy of terms associated with these missed connections. The number one adjective used is “cute,” which breaks down further into “really cute,” “super cute,” “too freaking cute” and “cute as hell.” That’s followed by hot (“smoking,” “incredibly” and “fucking”).

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