New York is officially the ‘hangriest’ state in America, according to new research. We all know that when hungry, a good mood can quickly go south – and nowhere is that truer than in the Big Apple. In a poll of 5,000 Americans across all 50 states, 72 percent of New York respondents admitted they get angry or “in a mood” when hungry – the highest percentage of any state. And results even pinpointed the ‘peak hanger’ moment in the US – Monday at 2.15pm. The research was conducted by Snickers Bars to mark the launch of a high-tech aid to soothe the nation’s hunger-based snarkiness. The ‘hungerithm’ uses an algorithm to gauge the mood of the internet and adjusts the price of their chocolate bar – it goes down as hanger levels rise – at selected 7-Eleven stores in real time. And while New York emerged as ‘hanger central’, the survey revealed that even living in a sunny state does not guarantee a sunny disposition. California and Florida tied for second place in the hangry chart, along with Utah, just ahead of West Virginia and Kansas. Meanwhile Wisconsinites are the best at controlling their mood when the need to feed hits home - emerging as the least hangry state in the union, followed by the mid-Atlantic coastal state of Delaware and the ‘big sky country’ of Montana. Not only are New Yorkers the hangriest, they also experience hanger most frequently, hitting hunger-infused anger seven times a month – well above the five times average for the rest of the US. Californians are quickest to turn from hungry to hangry – taking just 18 minutes before their mood seriously goes downhill. At the other end of the moodiness matrix, the chilled people of Idaho take over 36 minutes to hit hangriness. Women said they were more likely than men to be snappy or grumpy with people as hanger sets in (70 percent compared to 52 percent) although more men said they had done something when hangry that they later regretted (63 per cent compared to 54 percent). Snickers spokesman Mike Italia said: “The survey results are a fun way of letting people know that Snickers is on their side during hangry moments. “The internet can be a place of inspired ideas or passionate debate. It’s a good place to judge the mood of the country and our Hungerithm is a way of doing our bit in the battle against widespread hangriness.” The nationwide study found 75 percent of Americans feel they suffer from feeling hangry. The price drop will come in handy given that more than two thirds (68%) of hangry sufferers experience regular symptoms, with a particularly volatile one in five (21%) never far from a bad mood brought on by raging hunger. Four in ten Americans in a relationship say they have to give their partner space when hangriness strikes until they’re able to eat. That might be because the average couple has four grumbles or arguments a month that they say are directly the result of one or both being hangry. The survey also found a third of Americans regularly bite their tongue when their stomach is rumbling to avoid saying something they’ll regret, while a desperate one in ten admitted to stealing food from work colleagues when the hanger became too much. Over a quarter (26%) have actually been reduced to tears by hangriness and over a fifth (22%) have thrown full-blown tantrums. When is hangriness most likely to hit? A bad day in general is the most common cause (48%) followed by being kept late at work (35%) and during the agony of waiting to be served food at a restaurant (31%). And be sure to pay attention the next time someone says they’re hungry as moods will quickly sour. SNICKERS study even pinpointed the exact time it takes a person to go from hungry to hangry – 32 minutes precisely. The most common effect of hangriness is having to distance yourself from your partner until you’ve eaten, followed by having to bite your tongue during a conversation because you’re grumpy. And things that make the hanger worse? Being stuck in traffic is most likely to grind our gears, ahead of being with someone who takes too long to decide what to eat – and having our grumpiness pointed out to us. It’s not all bad news - the whining gets better with age. Over 85 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds said they have hanger issues – but this drops to just over 40 percent for the over-55s.
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