Calvin the cat sleeping on the remote controlSince Japan is entering holiday mode for the next week, I’ll be decreasing my posting frequency to perhaps once every two days until next Friday. To get you into the holiday mood, today goo Ranking posted up an appropriate survey looking at what makes you feel all lonely after spending all of a holiday day doing.


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.

Mine might be a variation of 17, spending all day trying to tweak my PC or troubleshooting – I should run full virus scans and spyware checks, as my wife’s suffering from a dead slow Internet Explorer which also occasionally just folds up completely. I should try her on Opera and tell her it’s just a new IE version. Since a bunch of patches were downloaded two weeks ago the performance has got even worse, but I think I’ll use it as an excuse to upgrade to two gigabytes of RAM.

Photo of Calvin the cat vegging out on the sofa with the remote by dolescum on flickr.

Ranking results

Q: What do you feel lonely about after spending all of a holiday day doing? (Sample size=1,043)

Rank   Score
1 Vegging out in front of the television 100
2 Sleeping 77.1
3 Cleaning 74.3
4 Tidying up my room 73.4
5 Hungover 61.3
6 Arguing with my partner 53.1
7 Washing clothes 46.0
8 Net surfing 33.5
9 Work 30.5
10 Waiting for a call from someone I like 27.4
11 Playing computer games 25.3
12 Staying at home 21.0
13 Doing paperwork 20.7
14 Cooking (stockpiling, etc) 20.5
15 Daydreaming 19.5
16 Shopping for everyday stuff 17.5
17 Connecting up to the internet 16.4
18 Connecting up audio equipment 11.4
19 Reading books, manga comics 9.9
20 Looking after children 9.1


Michael · April 29, 2009 at 08:14

Just wondering if No. 15 “having delusions” means “daydreaming”?

    Ken Y-N · April 29, 2009 at 13:39

    Hmm, it should have been, I think – I took the most literal meaning from the dictionary – daydreaming is much better, so I’ll change it.

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