What Japanese do when alone in lifts (elevators)

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Here’s a fun little ranking survey from DIMSDRIVE Research: as part of their 117th Ranking Survey they asked members of their monitor group what they did when by themselves in a lift (or elevator).

Demographics

Between the 9th and 17th of May 2007 7,735 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 44.3% of the sample was male.

I can guess what you’re thinking is one of the things the Japanese do, and yes, they do admit to doing that! The women are not as frequent as the men, despite a suspicion I had that perhaps they saved them up from when they were at home.

Ranking results

Q: When you are the only person riding in a lift, what can you just not help doing? (Sample size=7,735, free answer)

Rank Action Votes
1 Preening myself 1,586
2 Staring at the floor indicator 286
3 Singing or humming 209
4 Stretching 173
5 Searching for the security camera 159
6 Passing gas 138
7= Picking my nose 106
7= Looking up 106
9 Talking to the wall 84
10 Pressing the buttons a lot 79

Q: When you are the only person riding in a lift, what can you just not help doing? (Sample size=7,735, by sex, free answer)

Rank Male
N=3,425
Votes Rank Female
N=4,310
Votes
1 Preening myself 341 1 Preening myself 1245
2 Staring at the floor indicator 136 2 Staring at the floor indicator 150
3 Singing or humming 105 3 Stretching 116
4 Passing gas 103 4 Singing or humming 104
5 Picking my nose 68 5 Searching for the security camera 95
6 Searching for the security camera 64 6 Talking to the wall 49
7 Looking up 60 7 Looking up 46
8 Stretching 57 8 Yawning 45
9 Talking to myself 45 9 Pressing the close button 38
10 Pressing the buttons a lot 44 10= Picking my nose 38
      10= Exercising my face 38

I’m not sure what the difference between talking to the wall and to oneself is!

Other interesting activities that featured in the list were jumping, popular with both young men and grannies, and searching for the maker, popular with women in their fifties.

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