Before you ask ‘which Yorkshire accent?’ be aware that this was a study done on 1,000 Americans. So getting into the nitty gritty of the difference between a Hull accent and say someone form Barnsley doesn’t come into it.
The Highland Titles, a company that offers individuals the unique opportunity to legally purchase a souvenir plot of land in the Scottish Highland surveyed 1,000 Americans about their perceptions of different accents and their usage of subtitles.
Among our respondents, 52% were men, and 48% were women. Additionally, 47% were attracted to men, and 62% were attracted to women. For generational breakdowns, 15% were baby boomers, 25% were Gen X, 50% were millennials, and 10% were Gen Z.
The participants were surveyed about their perceptions of different national and foreign accents. They used AI to reimagine popular TV and film characters and how they would sound with different accents.
Yorkshire was named 8th least attractive accents in the world, with New York, Boston and American Midwest taking the 1st, 2nd and 3rd spots.
The top three accents in the world were Australian, Scottish and London. And if that wasn’t bad enough in 8th place for MOST, I repeat MOST attractive accents in the world was Brummie. The Brummie accent was named 8th most desireable – can you believe it. Peaky Blinders and Cillian Murphy have got a lot to answer for.
Science shows that attractiveness is linked to our voice, which might not be good news for New Yorkers, as their accent ranked as the least attractive. Americans also deemed the following as the least attractive female accents.
But all is not lost as the Yorkshire accent was named most sophisticated with the London accent in 2nd. The participants overwhelmingly agreed that British accents sound the most sophisticated and intelligent.
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