Facebook makes you go bald, or something like that


Baldies, what do you use for a profile photo on SNS? graph of japanese statisticsGinza HS Clinic recently released a bit of curious survey that tried to establish a link between going bald and SNS. Some of you might remember a similarly dodgy survey from them (and headline from me!) from a couple of months back.


During the month of April 2013 400 male members of the Rakutan Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample consisted of 200 men who self-identified as going bald and 200 who had a full head of hair. Furthermore, 20.0% of each group were in their twenties, 20.0% in their thirties, 20.0% in their forties, 20.0% in their fifties, and 20.0% in their sixties.

Talking of slapheads, not surprisingly there is a Facebook group for photos of hot bald men. There is also this bald women group too; Google tells me the Arabic means “Shaved head women Salaat”. Coincidentally, the Japanese word “Salatto” means “sleek, smooth”, just like after a shaved head…

Research results

Q1: Why do you use an SNS? (Sample size=400, multiple answer)

  Thinning hair
Full hair
Keep in touch with friends 39.5% 38.5%
Gather information 26.0% 31.0%
Meet women, participate in communities 15.0% 7.0%
News 8.5% 8.0%
Keep in touch with friends overseas, far away 4.0% 10.5%
Share photos 4.0% 2.5%
Other 3.0% 2.5%

Q2: How often do you “Like” friends’ posts on Facebook? (Sample size=400)

  Thinning hair
Full hair
Almost every day 12.0% 10.0%
Once a week or more 35.5% 29.5%
Once a month or so 6.0% 13.0%
Less than that 14.5% 16.5%
Don’t use “Like” button, not on Facebook 32.0% 31.0%

Q3: What do you use for a profile photo on SNS? (Sample size=400)

  Thinning hair
Full hair
Current photo of myself 26.5% 28.5%
Cartoon character 23.0% 28.5%
Scenery 17.5% 19.5%
My child, pet photo 11.0% 9.0%
Photo of me when younger 7.0% 2.0%
Other 15.0% 13.0%

Q4: What topics do you hate coming up on SNS? (Sample size=400, top three answer)

Rank Thinning hair
Full hair
1 Hair, thinning hair Other people’s salary
2 Other people’s salary Body shape
3 Smells My real offline life
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1 Comment »

  1. Shonan Love said,
    August 22, 2013 @ 18:29

    Sala’aat, not Salaat.

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