Surprises on meeting old school male friends

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Today’s silliness is from goo Ranking as usual, this time looking at what surprises people have when encountering after many a year male friends from middle school. The surprises for both men and women were ranked. I translated the female version previously.

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 25th of March 2010 1,128 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.5% of the sample were female, 15.1% in their teens, 16.9% in their twenties, 28.8% in their thirties, 21.1% in their forties, 9.4% in their fifties, and 8.7% 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.

I’m surprised that “He used to have a cool hair but is now going bald/grey” or the like doesn’t feature in the list! I also don’t know what the surprise is about people starting up their own businesses.

Ranking result

Q: What surprises have you had encountering after many a year male friends from middle school? (Sample size=558, male)

Rank Score
1He’s married with children100
2He used to be slim, but he’s fat now81.8
3He’s changed his hair style and become cool68.8
4He used to be short but he’s now tall64.9
5He’s become all flashy61.0
6=He used to be silent, but he’s now all outgoing57.1
6=He’s just the same as he was in middle school57.1
8He used to be fat, but he’s slim now55.8
9He used to be cool, but now he’s unexpectedly ordinary53.2
10He’s married42.9
11He’s already divorced41.6
12He’s started his own business40.3
13He used to play around all the time, but has become a businessman33.8
14=He’s grown out of being a gal-boy and tidied himself up28.6
14=He’s making a successful career for himself28.6
16=He’s in show business, modelling27.3
16=He’s dressed in an individual style27.3
18He’s married into money20.8
19He’s split up with his girlfriend from middle school19.5
20He’s changed from glasses to contact lenses and turned out cool18.2

Q: What surprises have you had encountering after many a year male friends from middle school? (Sample size=570, female)

Rank Score
1He’s married with children100
2He used to be slim, but he’s fat now85.3
3He used to be fat, but he’s slim now67.6
4He used to be cool, but now he’s unexpectedly ordinary64.7
5=He’s changed his hair style and become cool60.3
5=He’s already divorced60.3
7=He used to be silent, but he’s now all outgoing54.4
7=He’s started his own business54.4
9He’s just the same as he was in middle school50.0
10He used to be short but he’s now tall45.6
11=He’s become all flashy42.6
11=He’s married42.6
11=He’s making a successful career for himself42.6
14He used to play around all the time, but has become a businessman39.7
15He’s in show business, modelling36.8
16He’s grown out of being a gal-boy and tidied himself up30.9
17He’s dressed in an individual style25.0
18He’s changed from glasses to contact lenses and turned out cool17.6
19=He’s married into money16.2
19=He’s got an individual hobby16.2
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