Someone at Time Magazine, who has way too much time on his or her hands, decided to run the tweets written by the 500 most followed celebrities through a reading comprehension test to determine the 50 Smartest Celebrities on Twitter. The test adds up the number of three-syllable words used in a tweet to calculate the education level required to understand it.
Time reported, the average Twitter user tweets at a 4th grade reading level.
Leonardo DiCaprio took the #1 spot with a 7.5 grade reading level. He tweets a lot about ocean conservation, so this is not surprising. Pattie Mallette, the woman who gave us Justin Bieber, ranked #2. My guess is that the three-syllable word “beliebers” helped her win this spot. Jenni “JWoww” Farley was one of the highest ranking reality TV stars!
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Jersey Shore‘s JWoww and The Voice‘s Usher tied for seventh place with a 6.6 grade reading level. Irony at its finest, she misread the chart and tweeted she’s #8, but she is actually tied for #7.
Other reality TV stars, judges, hosts, etc. who made the list: #15, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie; #21, Kendall Jenner; #42, Jennifer Lopez, Giuliana Rancic, and Kelly Osbourne; and #49, Kelly Clarkson.
No NeNe Leakes? 😉 Clearly the test doesn’t recognize the brilliance behind “hunni” and “bloop”.
Time should have done their research and disqualified Kendall because of her inability to read a teleprompter at the Billboard Music Awards. Seriously, if she is one of the smartest celebrities on Twitter, I weep for our society. On the flip side, I was ecstatic to see Nicole and Kelly Clarkson on the list. I cannot get enough of Nicole Richie’s social media accounts!
See the list in its entirety and play around with the test on Time’s website.
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