Two lovers entwined pass me by…

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…and heaven knows I’m ragingly horny now, as Morrissey never did sing, which serves by way of an introduction to this survey from goo Ranking into what moments make you wish you yourself were madly in love, for both men and women.

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 26th of October 2009 1,162 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 62.9% of the sample were female, 10.5% in their teens, 20.7% in their twenties, 30.8% in their thirties, 21.9% in their forties, 9.0% in their fifties, and 7.0% 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.

When I was single, I don’t think I ever got a mad desire to rush out and pair off with anyone, it was more just frustration then acceptance of my situation.

Ranking result

Q: What moment makes you wish you were madly in love? (Sample size=731, women)

Rank Score
1When I see a happy couple100
2When my best friend pulls someone98.3
3When watching a drama, reading a book about love96.1
4When I realise that everyone around me are couples91.0
5When I’m tired after work, etc, and wish there was someone to encourage me77.5
6When I attend a friend’s wedding74.2
7When my birthday comes around and I’m unattached71.9
8When the streets are all lit up69.1
9When I realise that I haven’t had a date for ages64.6
10When something happy happens and there’s no-one to tell57.9
11When a beautiful love song, Christmas song gets played56.2
12=When I watch a Christmas-themed drama54.5
12=When I don’t get any email from anyone54.5
14When I’m ill and confined to bed52.2
15=When it gets cold51.1
15=When I go out drinking and everyone’s brought their partner51.1
17When I see some beautiful scenery and want to show it to someone40.4
18When I return home to an empty room37.1
19When a guy I’m interested in hooks up with someone else34.3
20When I’m alone in bed and can’t sleep33.1

Q: What moment makes you wish you were madly in love? (Sample size=431, men)

Rank Score
1When I realise that everyone around me are couples100
2When I’m tired after work, etc, and wish there was someone to encourage me86.7
3When I see a happy couple85.0
4=When the streets are all lit up78.3
4=When I’m ill and confined to bed78.3
6When something happy happens and there’s no-one to tell76.7
7=When I don’t get any email from anyone66.7
7=When there’s a restaurant that’s difficult to enter solo66.7
9=When my best friend pulls someone65.0
9=When I return home to an empty room65.0
11When watching a drama, reading a book about love63.6
12=When I realise that I haven’t had a date for ages58.3
12=When I see some beautiful scenery and want to show it to someone58.3
14When my birthday comes around and I’m unattached56.7
15When I’m alone in bed and can’t sleep55.0
16When I attend a friend’s wedding53.3
17When it gets cold51.7
18When a girl I’m interested in hooks up with someone else46.7
19When my schedule for Saturday is empty43.3
20When a beautiful love song, Christmas song gets played38.3
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