‘I’m petty, yeah, yeah, I’m petty, P-E-T-T-Y'… Admit it, you've probably got 'P-E-T-T-Y' looping in your head now, thanks to the #petty TikTok trend that’s amassed a staggering 21.7 billion views. It’s the kind of content most people can’t help but resonate with. After all, let’s be honest, who hasn’t indulged in a bit of (harmless) pettiness at some point?
We set out to gauge just how petty our nation can be by polling 3,000 Americans. From roommate battles, relationship grudges, or holding on to resentment from the smallest slights. Get ready for some laughter, cringing, and perhaps a bit too much relatability as we dive into the world of petty behavior.
Usually when someone irritates you, there’s at least a small part of you that just wants to retaliate, and sometimes you simply can’t resist being, well, petty. Our nationwide survey reveals Americans are in agreement with this, with a whopping 84% admitting to being petty. It appears that the TikTok trend and petty antics are not just popular on the internet!
Naturally, pettiness varies in intensity, and some may show more resistance to these impulses than others. So, we questioned respondents on how they would rate their own pettiness on a scale ranging from 0 to 10, the average response was 5.9.
So, which US states truly excel in the art of pettiness? While America generally finds common ground, we decided to delve deeper and uncover which states embrace it more than others. Alabama claims the title as the pettiest state, boasting a remarkable 96% of respondents who openly admit to this trait. Nevada closely trails behind with 95% acknowledging their own pettiness, followed by Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, and Arkansas all with 94%.
In contrast, the District of Columbia is the least petty state, yet still has a notable 67% of respondents confessing to this characteristic. Vermont with 68% is also at the lower end of the scale. then Nebraska, Utah (both 71%), and New York (72%).
Whether you find yourself riled up by thoughts of your ex or frustration from being cut off by another driver, there are plenty of situations that can bring out your inner pettiness. We explored which of these scenarios tend to trigger the biggest reactions.
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In the grand spectacle of pettiness, it seems that relationships, both current and past, take the top spot with an impressive 22% of respondents admitted that this is the biggest cause of their irritation. Closely followed by road frustrations at 18%. Surprisingly, gaming was close to the bottom with just 11%.
We couldn’t resist asking for some petty confessions, because, you know, people are seriously funny when it comes to acts of light-hearted revenge. In fact, one of our survey participants even described themselves as “Princess Petty”. So, without further ado, here are a selection of our top picks:
In summary, it’s evident that Americans don’t hesitate to acknowledge their pettiness, a sentiment shared across the country. After all, if harmless pettiness brings a bit of satisfaction, who are we to pass judgment? Though perhaps you might think twice before tailgating someone or taking another person's parking spot!
We surveyed 3,000 Americans on whether they would describe themselves as petty. We asked them to rate their pettiness on a scale of 1-10, reveal typical petty scenarios and share some petty stories. We also noted their state of residence. The age range was 18+ with all participants living in the United States. We rounded the percentages up to the nearest number.
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