Surprises on meeting old school male friends

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Today’s silliness is from goo Ranking as usual, this time looking at what surprises people have when encountering after many a year male friends from middle school. The surprises for both men and women were ranked. I translated the female version previously.

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 25th of March 2010 1,128 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.5% of the sample were female, 15.1% in their teens, 16.9% in their twenties, 28.8% in their thirties, 21.1% in their forties, 9.4% in their fifties, and 8.7% 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.

I’m surprised that “He used to have a cool hair but is now going bald/grey” or the like doesn’t feature in the list! I also don’t know what the surprise is about people starting up their own businesses.

Ranking result

Q: What surprises have you had encountering after many a year male friends from middle school? (Sample size=558, male)

Rank   Score
1 He’s married with children 100
2 He used to be slim, but he’s fat now 81.8
3 He’s changed his hair style and become cool 68.8
4 He used to be short but he’s now tall 64.9
5 He’s become all flashy 61.0
6= He used to be silent, but he’s now all outgoing 57.1
6= He’s just the same as he was in middle school 57.1
8 He used to be fat, but he’s slim now 55.8
9 He used to be cool, but now he’s unexpectedly ordinary 53.2
10 He’s married 42.9
11 He’s already divorced 41.6
12 He’s started his own business 40.3
13 He used to play around all the time, but has become a businessman 33.8
14= He’s grown out of being a gal-boy and tidied himself up 28.6
14= He’s making a successful career for himself 28.6
16= He’s in show business, modelling 27.3
16= He’s dressed in an individual style 27.3
18 He’s married into money 20.8
19 He’s split up with his girlfriend from middle school 19.5
20 He’s changed from glasses to contact lenses and turned out cool 18.2

Q: What surprises have you had encountering after many a year male friends from middle school? (Sample size=570, female)

Rank   Score
1 He’s married with children 100
2 He used to be slim, but he’s fat now 85.3
3 He used to be fat, but he’s slim now 67.6
4 He used to be cool, but now he’s unexpectedly ordinary 64.7
5= He’s changed his hair style and become cool 60.3
5= He’s already divorced 60.3
7= He used to be silent, but he’s now all outgoing 54.4
7= He’s started his own business 54.4
9 He’s just the same as he was in middle school 50.0
10 He used to be short but he’s now tall 45.6
11= He’s become all flashy 42.6
11= He’s married 42.6
11= He’s making a successful career for himself 42.6
14 He used to play around all the time, but has become a businessman 39.7
15 He’s in show business, modelling 36.8
16 He’s grown out of being a gal-boy and tidied himself up 30.9
17 He’s dressed in an individual style 25.0
18 He’s changed from glasses to contact lenses and turned out cool 17.6
19= He’s married into money 16.2
19= He’s got an individual hobby 16.2
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