About how often do you have occassion to cry? graph of japanese statisticsThere’s a lot of interesting figures in this recent survey from iShare into what makes people cry.

Demographics

Between the 22nd and 25th of February 2010 502 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.0% of the sample were male, 32.7% in their twenties, 31.9% in their thirties, and 35.5% in their forties.

I was suprised that it was television that makes men cry the most, and also that few people feel that a good sob relieves lots of stress.

For me, it’s probably work that makes me cry the most…

Research results

Q1: About how often do you have occassion to cry? (Sample size=502)

  All Male
N=266
Female
N=236
Once a week or more 11.4% 6.8% 16.5%
Once a month 24.9% 16.5% 34.3%
Once every three months 15.7% 15.4% 16.1%
Once every six months 11.8% 10.5% 13.1%
Once every nine months 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Once a year 14.3% 18.4% 9.7%
Less than that 21.5% 32.0% 9.7%

Q2: What kind of emotion most often causes you to cry? (Sample size=502)

  All Male
N=266
Female
N=236
Being moved 59.8% 65.4% 53.4%
Sadness 17.3% 14.7% 20.3%
Bitterness 6.2% 4.5% 8.1%
Joy 5.4% 7.1% 3.4%
Harshness 3.8% 0.8% 7.2%
Anger 2.0% 1.1% 3.0%
Other 5.6% 6.4% 4.7%

“Harshness” could also be interpreted as “spiciness” as they share the same kanji, but I don’t think curry is an emotional experience.

Q3: What most often causes you to cry? (Sample size=502)

  All Male
N=266
Female
N=236
Television programs 28.5% 28.6% 28.4%
Movies 26.3% 32.7% 19.1%
Human relations 19.9% 14.3% 26.3%
Books 8.2% 7.1% 9.3%
Work 3.4% 2.3% 4.7%
Music 2.2% 1.9% 2.5%
Participating in an event 1.6% 2.3% 0.8%
Other 10.0% 10.9% 8.9%

Q4: When crying, do you hold back the tears or sobs? (Sample size=502)

  All Male
N=266
Female
N=236
Always hold back 24.1% 27.8% 19.9%
Usually hold back 46.0% 38.0% 55.1%
Sometimes hold back 18.5% 20.3% 16.5%
Never hold back 11.4% 13.9% 8.5%

Q5: Do you relieve stress when you cry? (Sample size=502)

  All Male
N=266
Female
N=236
Completely relieve 14.3% 10.2% 19.1%
Relieve a little 49.4% 44.7% 54.7%
Don’t relieve 36.3% 45.1% 26.3%

1 Comment

Sara Mari · March 26, 2010 at 12:35

Oh, interesting. I cry all the time haha. If I cry at “human relations” I never hold back the tears, but at movies/TV/books I try to hold back haha.

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