Childish actions Japanese still do as adults


Since today is Children’s Day, goo Ranking celebrated by publishing this survey looking at childish actions that people can’t quit.


Over the 29th of February and the 1st of March 2012 1,175 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 61.4% of the sample were female, 10.0% in their teens, 16.5% in their twenties, 29.3% in their thirties, 24.1% in their forties, 10.6% in their fifties, and 9.5% 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.

For me, it’s kicking up piles of leaves and booting pine cones down the road! I also do the cake size comparison, which does annoy the spousal unit no end.

Let’s have a picture not related the survey, but of koinobori, the carp streamers that fly every Children’s Day. And a Wooden Horse of Troy.

Mt Fuji, Koinobori

Ranking results

Q: What childish actions can you not quit? (Sample size=1,175)

Rank   Score
1 Soon going in the huff when there’s something I’m not interested in 100
2 Getting miffed easily 92.0
3 Comparing the size of my slice of cake, etc with others 63.5
4 Only stepping on the coloured tiles when out walking 59.9
5 Getting jealous easily 55.8
6 Blatently basing my actions on the influence of a film, TV programme I watched, book, magazine I read 52.8
7 Believing in jinxes 51.1
8 Checking the smell of everything 40.9
9 Taking a lyric and singing an odd improvisation around it as I work 38.7
10 Jiggling my legs when sitting 34.0
11 Crying easily 33.4
12 Sleeping with my favourite toy, blanket, etc 30.9
13 Passing off little fictions as true stories to others 29.0
14= Imitating the speech patterns of an animation character 26.5
14= Adding “Biff!”-type sound effects when hitting people 26.5
16 Chasing pigeons, etc 24.9
17 Stealthily putting hated food onto other people’s plates 23.5
18 Lining up hated vegetables around the rim of the plate 20.2
19 Eating sweets straight out of the wrapper 16.0
20 Telling tales of derring-do 15.5
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  1. stupid america said,
    May 6, 2012 @ 01:28

    Not be a dick but as an American I am clueless on expressions like going in the huff and getting miffed

    • tommy said,
      May 14, 2012 @ 21:34

      going in a huff, means huff and puff (angrily hmmff! walking away),

      miffed, pissed off.

  2. Julie said,
    May 22, 2012 @ 10:55

    What is a derring-doo?

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