Hated as a child but now loved


This latest survey from goo Ranking looks at what people hated as a child, but now love.


Between the 18th and 2nd of February 2009 1,076 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private online questionnaire. 51.1% of the sample were male, 7.2% in their teens, 15.8% in their twenties, 29.4% in their thirties, 25.2% in their forties, 11.1% in their fifties, and 11.3% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

As usual, I’m left scratching my head at an answer, this time “long holidays”!

Note that since goo Ranking overhauled their results pages, they’ve started presenting non-rounded sets of results, this time 26, so please don’t suspect me of missing out some answers!

Research results

Q: What did you hate as a child, but now love? (Sample size=1,076, men)

Rank   Score
1 Black coffee 100
2 Vinegary, offal-related, other adult-oriented foods 69.4
3 Being quiet when alone 66.3
4 Studying (history, English, etc) 55.7
5 Sleeping 45.1
6 Massage 35.3
7= Reading books with lots of text (novels, etc) 34.9
7= Sports broadcasts (golf, baseball, etc) 34.9
9 Hot baths 32.2
10 Seasoning in mother’s, grandmothers’ cooking 25.5
11 Long holidays 23.1
12 Cleaning my ears 17.6
13 The sky turning dark as evening turns to night 17.3
14 The opposite sex 15.7
15 Wearing watches, accessories, etc 14.5
16 Writing sentences 13.7
17 Enka traditional music 13.3
18 Historical dramas 12.9
19 Reading manuals 12.2
20 Smell of hair spray, perfume, etc 1.4
21 Suspense dramas 10.6
22 Beards 9.8
23 Rainy days 8.6
24 Horror movies 7.1
25 Beauty salons 6.7
26 Thunder 2.7
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  1. Janne said,
    April 6, 2009 @ 09:31

    As usual, I’m left scratching my head at an answer, this time “long holidays”!

    You never spent a week at a time with your parents on endless drives across the continent, in cramped cars, dingy motels or damp caravans? Siblings fighting, parents arguing, and the promised attractions and sightseeing points – dusty old paintings and crumbling ruins – never living up to even the most modest expectations of a ten-year old?

    No, long holidays were not a favourite pastime as a kid. As an adult, when I can decide myself what to do, long holidays are great of course.

  2. Sierra said,
    April 7, 2009 @ 04:34

    Haha, I can’t help but laughing at this one: the opposite sex. I am yet to meet someone who hates the opposite sex when they were a child. When I was a child, I used to hate taking a nap in the afternoon, but now I like to take lots of naps because I tend to have less sleep during working days.

  3. Lurker said,
    August 27, 2011 @ 13:22

    I’m not sure about 13, and 22.

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