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The “Do You Live in a Bubble?” quiz, concocted by Charles Murray and first published here on Making Sen$e back in March, has generated more than 200,000 views thus far, and is still going strong. Our sole regret: that we never asked readers for their scores.
To rectify matters, we’re relinking to the quiz Tuesday with one small request: Please, please send us your final score. We don’t need your name or any personal information. All you need do is fill in the blank at the bottom of the page with your score. Below, the real-time results for all to see. I’m intensely curious to see how bubbled you are as a group, and I imagine you may be as well.
To begin the bidding, I repeat my score: a feeble 31 (though I did watch Fiona Apple videos on YouTube the other day). Charles Murray, by contrast, posted a 48.
Note: quiz data may take a moment to populate as it’s being updated in real time.
See below for scores Charles Murray would expect, based on a few broad demographic generalizations. Note that there is a range of scores for each category and some overlap among them.
The higher your score, the thinner your bubble. The lower, the more insulated you might be from mainstream American culture.
48-99: A lifelong resident of a working-class neighborhood with average television and movie going habits. Typical: 77.
42-100: A first-generation middle-class person with working-class parents and average television and movie going habits. Typical: 66.
11-80: A first-generation upper-middle-class person with middle-class parents. Typical: 33.
0-43: A second-generation (or more) upper-middle-class person who has made a point of getting out a lot. Typical: 9.
0-20: A second-generation (or more) upper-middle-class person with the television and movie going habits of the upper middle class. Typical: 2.
This entry is cross-posted on the Making Sen$e page, where correspondent Paul Solman answers your economic and business questions