We’re currently in the midst of election season and with things ramping up, it really feels like just about anything (good or bad) could happen. Potentially the most frustrating portion of what goes into selecting the next leader of the free world isn’t how long of a process it is (although that’s annoying), or even all the debates that rarely accomplish anything (although, this is also annoying), but instead it’s hearing the opinions of your Facebook “friends” that come out of the woodwork to through in their two cents.
There’s hardly a more self-righteous platform out there than Facebook, as this is often the outlet for rants on innumerable subjects of debate, often fueled by people who clearly haven’t done their research. To say the least, it’s not always the most intelligible community to look for when it comes to opinions and trustworthy sources on the news.
Thus, we can most certainly agree–no matter your political affiliation–this is not the system we as Americans would want to entrust to choose our next POTUS. But, what if that were the case? Honestly, and unfortunately, that may not be too far fetched of an option in our increasingly technologically driven world.
When it comes to the 2016 race, this is what Facebook would decide, according to which candidates have the most “likes” per county across the United States. Here’s the results, according to FiveThirtyEight:
Of course Facebook “likes” are not actual votes, so this isn’t how we’ll be selecting the next president, it’s interesting to note that 58% of American adults are on Facebook according to Pew Research, while in the 2012 election there was only a 54% voter turnout.
FiveThirtyEight has a slew of other interactive maps (including this one) in terms of presidential candidates available for you to dig into. It’s best not to take this too seriously, as the data doesn’t discount “likes” from users who are not of voting age. The site explains:
If you want your voice to be heard in 2016, you should vote. But if you want to be included in the next update of this map, just go like a candidate’s page.
So basically, the question remains, which is more important: showing support with a Facebook “like” or actually voting? We’ll see when the primaries wrap up and the actual election of a candidate unfolds to dictate whether there is any further correlation of the data.
This article originally appeared on Distractify.