I decided to give the FAIL keyword a miss on the headline this time for a survey from goo Ranking looking at one’s partner’s stingy behaviour that leaves you cold, for both men looking at women’s stinginess and women looking at men’s stinginess.
Between the 21st and 24th of July 2009 1,026 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private online questionnaire. 48.2% of the sample were male, 8.0% in their teens, 14.6% in their twenties, 28.8% in their thirties, 26.0% in their forties, 12.5% in their fifties, and 10.1% 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.
Even when we were dating, I suppose I was guilty of just about all the penny-pinchings listed by the women below! I do remember the first time we stayed overnight in a hotel, when it came to paying the bill I expected her to pay half – maybe it’s differences in perception, but not going Dutch by default when dating is always a bit strange to me.
Q: What stingy behaviour from your girlfriend leaves you cold? (Sample size=495, male)
Rank Score 1 Spending on telephone bills 100 2 Spending on dates (other than food) 89.5 3 Spending on presents for me 84.2 4= Eating out when splitting the bill 78.9 4= Spending on clothing for me 78.9 6 Spending on hairdressing for me 76.3 7 Spending on transport fees 65.8 8= Holiday spending money 50.0 8= Spending on mobile phone data bills 50.0 10 Spending on food for me when it’s her treat, she’s cooking 44.7
Q: What stingy behaviour from your boyfriend leaves you cold? (Sample size=531, female)
Rank Score 1 Eating out when splitting the bill 100 2 Spending on dates (other than food) 95.3 3 Spending on presents for me 72.0 4 Spending on food for me when it’s his treat, he’s cooking 70.1 5 Spending on transport fees 46.7 6 Spending on telephone bills 45.8 7 Spending on drinks 38.3 8 Holiday spending money 34.6 9 Spending on clothing for me 20.6 10 Spending on mobile phone data bills 18.7