Between the 23rd and 25th of March 2009 1,043 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private online questionnaire. 52.2% of the sample were male, 7.8% in their teens, 17.1% in their twenties, 28.2% in their thirties, 24.8% in their forties, 11.4% in their fifties, and 10.7% 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.
Maybe it’s just me, but I think I would vocalise my screams in just about every incident below. The one that happens most often to me is number seven, the train doors shutting on me, and I certainly do let out an audible curse at that point!
Q: What makes you spontaneously scream inwardly? (Sample size=1,043)
Rank Score 1 When I win a prize draw 100 2 When I drop my mobile phone in the toilet 98.3 3 When my computer locks up 93.5 4 When I wake up and realise I’ve overslept 82.1 5 When I sleep past my stop on the train 73.9 6 When my team wins when watching them on the television 65.7 7 When the train doors shut just before I get on, get off 65.2 8 When I see a famous person I’m a big fan of on the street 56.2 9 When watching the television I see someone I know that I haven’t met for ages 46.0 10 When I get an email out of the blue from someone I like 43.2 11 On a rush hour train, when the seat in front of where I stand becomes free and I get to sit down 25.9 12 When I fall out of bed 22.0 13 When a taxi eventually comes, someone right in front of me hails it first 21.4 14 After saving for how many years I finally get to buy what I was after 18.8 15 When I fall asleep in the bath and almost drown 17.5 16 When friends of the same age have far more money in the bank than I imagined 16.4 17 At school or work, after being moved I end up sitting beside someone I fancy 15.3 18 When at the station ticket gates, my stored electronic money balance is too low 13.0 19 When a new item on the menu is even tastier than expected 11.2 20 When my type of girl, guy comes walking towards me 9.7