Over the 19th and 20th of April 2012 1,092 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.5% of the sample were female, 11.3% in their teens, 17.0% in their twenties, 28.4% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, 10.2% in their fifties, and 7.7% 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 remember one of the dates I went on we did get a computer-generated love compatibility horoscope done, but it was completely unable to cope with foreign names. I cannot remember what we did, or even what the outcome of it was, but I do remember thinking that paying 1,000 yen for it was a rip-off!
Talking of love compatibility horoscopes, here’s one I prepared earlier:
Q: What do you end up doing when you get a new boyfriend? (Sample size=661, female)
Rank Score 1 Read his emails over and over 100 2 Get a love compatibility horoscope done 82.0 3 Keep my mobile phone close to me every minute of the day 78.1 4 Make plans to manufacture opportunities to talk with him 64.6 5 Go and buy new clothes 62.6 6 Recall today’s conversations just before bedtime 58.2 7 When I have time to relax, let my imagination run wild and grin madly 46.8 8 Listen to love songs and end up in a romantic mood 45.4 9 Research his hobbies 41.6 10 Check with people around that he doesn’t already have a girlfriend 37.0 11 Consult on matters of love with friends 34.9 12 Buy the books, music he likes 32.4 13 Try out his surname to imagine my name after marriage 30.4 14 Start up the same hobbies as him 26.3 15 Change my hairstyle, get a haircut 21.9 16 Begin to like a celebrity he looks like 20.8 17 Loiter about around him 19.4 18 Check his Twitter feed 18.3 19 Start sighing frequently 13.5 20 View some internet love advice web sites 8.9
Q: What do you end up doing when you get a new girlfriend? (Sample size=431, male)
Rank Score 1 Read her emails over and over 100 2 Make plans to manufacture opportunities to talk with her 83.6 3 Keep my mobile phone close to me every minute of the day 61.2 4 Research her hobbies 49.5 5 Get a love compatibility horoscope done 47.2 6 When I have time to relax, let my imagination run wild and grin madly 43.0 7 Recall today’s conversations just before bedtime 42.5 8 Go and buy new clothes 35.5 9 Buy the books, music she likes 27.6 10= Listen to love songs and end up in a romantic mood 26.2 10= Check with people around that she doesn’t already have a boyfriend 26.2 10= Start up the same hobbies as her 26.2 13 Begin to like a celebrity she looks like 19.6 14 Start sighing frequently 15.4 15 Check her Twitter feed 14.0 16 Consult on matters of love with friends 11.7 17 Try out her first name with my surname to imagine her name after marriage 11.2 18= Change my hairstyle, get a haircut 10.7 18= Be unable to relax when alone, but instead wander around my room 10.7 18= Loiter about around her 10.7