Vast majority sockless at home in summer

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During the summer, do you go sockless at home? graph of japanese statisticsiShare recently took a look at socks or no socks at home, and came up with some surprising figures.

Demographics

Between the 25th and 30th of March 2010 499 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 54.9% of the sample were male, 30.5% in their twenties, 31.9% in their thirties, and 37.7% in their forties.

I never go sockless at home; wearing slippers with no socks just doesn’t feel right, and barefoot is not really an option on wood veneer flooring. Anyway, wifey would probably accuse me of spreading athlete’s foot germs around the house, as we’ve watched television programs (sponsored by the makers of OTC creams for said disease, no doubt) about the hidden dangers of second-hand germs spread through bare feet. I do change my socks as soon as I get home, however.

Some of the reasons given for socks in the summer were worried about dust, people sufferring from cold feet, and feeling relaxed with socks; conversely the sockless people worried about sweatiness, heat in general, and were just bothered by their socks. In the winter, reasons for socklessness included feeling more relaxed with unconstrained feet, just being in the habit of it, and just liking being barefoot.

Research results

Q1: During the summer, compared to other people do you wear heavier clothes at home? (Sample size=499)

  All Male
N=274
Female
N=225
Always heavier 1.2% 1.5% 0.9%
Usually heavier 6.0% 4.0% 8.4%
About the same 37.7% 31.0% 45.8%
Usually lighter 33.1% 35.8% 29.8%
Always lighter 22.0% 27.7% 15.1%

Q2: During the summer, do you go sockless at home? (Sample size=499)

  All Male
N=274
Female
N=225
Never 8.6% 6.9% 10.7%
Usually not 9.4% 8.8% 10.2%
About the same sockless or not 8.4% 7.7% 9.3%
Usually 31.3% 29.9% 32.9%
Always 42.3% 46.7% 36.9%

Not surprisingly, those who preferred heavier clothes were less likely to go barefoot.

Q3: During the winter, compared to other people do you wear heavier clothes at home? (Sample size=499)

  All Male
N=274
Female
N=225
Always heavier 8.6% 4.0% 14.2%
Usually heavier 24.6% 21.5% 28.4%
About the same 40.3% 40.5% 40.0%
Usually lighter 20.2% 26.3% 12.9%
Always lighter 6.2% 7.7% 4.4%

Q4: During the winter, do you go sockless at home? (Sample size=499)

  All Male
N=274
Female
N=225
Never 39.5% 30.7% 50.2%
Usually not 18.8% 22.6% 14.2%
About the same sockless or not 7.4% 6.9% 8.0%
Usually 17.2% 19.7% 14.2%
Always 17.0% 20.1% 13.3%

Not surprisingly, once again those who preferred heavier clothes were less likely to go barefoot. Furthermore, almost everyone who always go sockless in winter also always go sockless in summer, and all bar one person who always wore socks in summer always wore them in winter too.

Q5: Has your partner, family ever got annoyed by you going sockless at home? (Sample size=499)

  All Male
N=274
Female
N=225
Yes 25.7% 29.2% 21.3%
No 74.3% 70.8% 78.7%
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