Facebook makes you go bald, or something like that

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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.

Demographics

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…
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Going bald makes you gay?

A rather controversial headline, but that’s the message I think this survey from Ginza HS Clinic (not surprisingly, a hair restoration clinic), conducted in conjunction with Rakuten Research, into balding and mental health.

Demographics

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, 25.0% of each group were in their twenties, 25.0% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, and 25.0% in their fifties.

In the article, written by the PR team at the Ginza HS Clinic, they definitely wanted to give the impression that going bald made one effeminate, with Q2 being described as such, illustrating, they said, that going bald increased the use of girly beauty products. However, I thought that male-pattern baldness (this type is highlighted in the article) was due to an excess of testosterone, a point on which the literature seems to back me up. I was going to post an advert for shampoo that seemed rather dubious, with four suited men bursting in on a guy having a bath, but I couldn’t find it. Instead I came across this new-to-me advert for medicated shampoo.


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