When one feels jealous of one’s friends


goo Ranking took a look at moments when people felt jealous of their friends.


From the 5th to the 7th of September 2012 1,006 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were female, 10.5% in their teens, 13.7% in their twenties, 26.6% in their thirties, 27.6% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 9.9% 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 did get jealous of my friends back home when they got married before me, but in Japan I find very little to be jealous about, or I have enough good things of my own that I don’t feel it necessary to be eaten by petty jealousy.

Ranking result

Q: What has made you feel jealous of your friends? (Sample size=1,006)

Rank   Score
1 When their marriage partner was beautiful/handsome 100
2 When their marriage partner was rich 95.0
3 When their girlfriend/boyfriend was beautiful/handsome 83.6
4 When the girls/guys were interested only in them at a dating party 77.5
5 When they won the lottery 71.7
6 When I found out that they were earning more than me 58.7
7 When they found a great new job 46.0
8 When I learnt they could attract the opposite sex with their eyes 45.5
9 When the shop staff were courteous to my friend only 42.1
10 When they went off to enjoy themselves on holiday overseas 37.6
11 When my girlfriend/boyfriend praised them 36.5
12 When they got a job offer before me 32.0
13 When I found out they had more saved in the bank than me 31.2
14 When I found out they’d pulled 28.8
15 When they got promoted to a plum job 26.7
16 When they got married before me 26.2
17 When everyone loved the joke he told 23.3
18 When they had a kid before me 22.5
19 When kids liked only them 22.5
20 When their SNS posts got more comments than mine 20.6
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