Wordle Cheating Is At An All-Time High

Where The Worst Offenders Live
Wordle, A Website Only Word Game Played On Mobile Phones And Tablets, Is Displayed In This Picture Illustration
Wordle, a website-only word game played on mobile phones and tablets, is displayed in this picture illustration taken February 1, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers/Illustration

Wordle is a wildly popular word game that the New York Times purchased in late January. WordFinderX, a word games reference tool, conducted a study using Google Trends data to find just how many people are searching for the answer to the day’s Wordle game. The study looked at data through February 20th, and found Google searchers for “today’s Wordle” increased by 196 percent since the New York Times bought the free game. Search interest for the day’s Wordle had the largest one week increase from February 6th to 13th, when interest jumped from nearly 70 on Google’s popularity scale to 100. WordFinderX says the “biggest cheaters” can be found in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., Massachusetts and Maine—they all had the highest number of “today’s Wordle” searches in that time period. Cheaters were least likely to come from Alaska, Mississippi, New Mexico, or Kentucky.