Yearned-for romantic scenes in the Japanese office

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Here’s some fun from goo Ranking, looking at what office romance situations people long to find themselves in, for both men and women.

Demographics

Over the 21st and 22nd of September 2010 1,072 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 68.2% of the sample were female, 10.4% in their teens, 18.0% in their twenties, 29.8% in their thirties, 26.2% in their forties, 8.7% 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.

This is the most romantic office photo I could find on flickr, from Gregg O’Connell:

Mullet Boy Goes for the Kiss!

No-one mentioned a quickie in the office stationery cupboard, the archetype of relationships in the British office at least. I remember when I started working first I always kept one out for any comings and goings from the stationery cupboard – I was so young and naive then; now I’m older but not really much the wiser.

Ranking result

Q: What office romance situations do you long to find yourself in? (Sample size=341, male)

Rank Score
1Working overtime into the night together100
2=A grope in the lift95.6
2=Leaving the office at different times but meeting up outside95.6
4A grope in the office kitchen77.8
5Writing where to meet on a Post-It Note73.3
6Both going on a business trip on the same day to the same place68.9
7Secret meetings on the office roof57.8
8=Always eating lunch together53.3
8=Playing footsie under the desk53.3
10Eyes meeting as we pass each other on escalators51.1
11To keep our relationship secret, splitting up at the station and going into the office separately48.9
12Secretly exchanging email on office computers46.7
13Looking diagonally at her seat40.0
14=Meeting in empty meeting rooms35.6
14=Talking in code35.6
14=Suddenly calling her under the guise of work35.6
17Secret meetings on the fire escape31.1
18=Secretly chatting on office computers24.4
18=Matching lunch boxes24.4
20Calling her when the copier gets jammed20.0

Q: What office romance situations do you long to find yourself in? (Sample size=731, female)

Rank Score
1Leaving the office at different times but meeting up outside100
2Working overtime into the night together73.1
3=Writing where to meet on a Post-It Note63.5
3=Both going on a business trip on the same day to the same place63.5
5A grope in the lift60.2
6Eyes meeting as we pass each other on escalators58.6
7To keep our relationship secret, splitting up at the station and going into the office separately47.4
8Secretly exchanging email on office computers45.8
9A grope in the office kitchen43.0
10Looking diagonally at his seat41.8
11Secret meetings on the office roof41.0
12Always eating lunch together34.9
13Suddenly calling him under the guise of work32.9
14Talking in code27.7
15Secret meetings on the fire escape27.3
16Playing footsie under the desk24.9
17Secretly chatting on office computers21.3
18Meeting in empty meeting rooms18.5
19Calling him when the copier gets jammed18.1
20Being proposed to at the end of a presentation13.7
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