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Texans aren't blowhards, but Californians are: Social media's worst braggers exposed

New study shows Texans aren't blowhards, but Californians are suspect

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HeyLets' study assessed the most braggadocious and most humble states in terms of self-promotional social media posts.

As much as Texans are known for taking pride in their state and in themselves, it turns out that we aren't bragging as much as you might expect.

HeyLets — a mobile app which allows people to share experiences without the pressure that can come with certain social media sites — conducted a survey of 2,500 social media-using Americans to "rate the number of posts they typically make on potentially self-promotional topics," which can include trips to special locations, attendance at memorable events and work-related good news.

"On social networks like Facebook and Instagram, many so-called 'status updates' are really 'brag-ommendations' — opportunities to enhance your status with friends and followers by showcasing your apparently amazing life," the site notes.

 The state with the highest percentage of 'boast posts' is California with 77 percent of its residents engaging in self-promotion.  

The study, which named both the 20 most braggadocious and humble states, found that Texas ranked a mere 20th out of 50 in state bragging. HeyLets found that an average of 51 percent of Texans frequently make self-promotional social posts.

The state with the highest percentage of "boast posts" is California with 77 percent of its residents engaging in self-promotion. Coming in at No. 1 on the most humble states list is Utah with only 22 percent of Utahans making self-promotional posts.

As part of the survey, HeyLets also asked respondents to rank the Top 5 most popular topics they post on social media. Coming in at No. 1 was "going on a special trip" with 62 percent of those surveyed saying they "frequently," "almost always" or "always" engage in this kind of post. Other popular topics included "attending a memorable event" (59 percent), "meeting a noteworthy person" (54 percent), "something nice that your significant other did" (53 percent) and "getting work related good news" (52 percent).

Rounding out the top five most braggadocious states are Washington, Nevada, Maryland and New Hampshire.