Here’s a little bit of a silly spacefiller from iShare, looking at hayfever, a survey that seems to be the first in a series, but how often they will be carrying it out, it doesn’t say, but given that the survey was conducted in December, I hope they have a monthly report.


Between the 17th and 20th of December 2010 2,766 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 56.6% of the sample were male, 14.6% in their twenties, 37.3% in their thirties, and 48.1% in their forties.

This year (actually, it seems to be every year we get a similar prediction) the ceder pollen, the most common one for causing allergies in Japan, is supposed to be five times the average. It took me about five years to get hayfever in Japan – I also have rapeseed allergy, but there’s none in Japan – but on the positive side, I used to have awful mosquito allergy and would get huge swollen arms, but that’s gone away. On the other hand, it could have been a bedbug allergy as it went away as soon as I got married…

Research results

Q1: Did you know that in 2011 there is forecast to be much more pollen than in 2010? (Sample size=2,766)

  All Male
Yes 48.6% 44.1% 54.5%
No 51.4% 55.9% 45.5%

Q2: What do you think are negatives of having hayfever at work? (Sample size=2,766, multiple answer)

  All Male
Loss of concentration 87.4% 85.1% 90.4%
Itchy eyes 51.4% 50.8% 52.3%
Sneezing, otherwise bothering those around you 51.2% 47.4% 56.35
Occasaionally having to stop hand work to blow nose, etc 47.3% 43.0% 53.0%
Difficult to talk 42.8% 40.9% 45.3%
Drowsiness 42.5% 38.8% 47.3%
Painful vision 38.6% 35.8% 42.4%
Difficult to see things 28.3% 25.9% 31.3%
Itchy skin 19.5% 16.6% 23.2%
Other 2.3% 1.9% 2.8%

Q3: What types of jobs would having hayfever be a problem? (Sample size=2,766, multiple answer)

  All Male
Customer-facing role 77.9% 73.8% 83.3%
Food preparation 67.8% 62.6% 74.7%
Announcer, narrator, MC 60.8% 57.3% 65.3%
Driver (taxi, bus, lorry, pilot, etc) 59.8% 54.3% 66.9%
Someone who works in executive cirlces 56.2% 51.1% 62.8%
Dangerous goods handler 55.5% 49.9% 62.8%
TV celebrity, singer, actor, etc 48.9% 45.1% 53.8%
Sportsperson 46.4% 43.8% 49.8%
Machine operator 46.3% 42.1% 51.8%
Researcher 44.5% 41.6% 48.2%
Student 39.8% 36.9% 43.7%
Office worker 34.9% 32.3% 38.3%
Housewife 23.7% 20.6% 27.8%
Other 4.9% 4.8% 5.0%


Sparkle Dee · February 8, 2011 at 12:48

Even the housewives can’t do their job properly… All because of hayfever! 🙂

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