It’s been a while since goo Ranking has published back-to-back a paired survey, so I am pleased to present what people in relationships make effort to do in order to prevent their partner getting bored with them, for both men and women.

Demographics

Over the 5th and 6th of September 2011 1,112 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 70.8% of the sample were female, 13.5% in their teens, 18.2% in their twenties, 28.1% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, 8.7% in their fifties, and 6.0% 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 dating, I like to think that I did the first four for men.

Ranking result

Q: What are you putting effort into to avoid your girlfriend getting bored with you? (Sample size=325, male)

Rank   Score
1 Clearly expressing my love 100
2 Taking effort to remove her stress 89.5
3 Going to lots of places for dates 85.7
4 Bringing up new topics of conversation 60.0
5= Giving her surprises on birthdays, anniversaries 58.1
5= Keeping in close touch 58.1
7 Not keeping in touch too closely 57.1
8 Not showing her too much of my dark side 50.5
9 Occasionally letting her be selfish 48.6
10 Not expressing my love too much 37.1
11 Not letting her be too selfish 35.2
12 Dieting, getting in shape 33.3
13 Changing my clothes 29.5
14 Occasionally having agony aunt sessions with her 28.6
15 Keeping secrets 19.0
16 Improving my cooking 15.2
17 Regularly changing my hair style 7.6

Q: What are you putting effort into to avoid your boyfriend getting bored with you? (Sample size=787, female)

Rank   Score
1 Improving my cooking 100
2 Occasionally letting him be selfish 86.9
3 Dieting, getting in shape 86.2
4 Not keeping in touch too closely 76.1
5 Taking effort to remove his stress 73.4
6 Not letting her be too selfish 73.1
7 Not showing him too much of my dark side 64.3
8 Clearly expressing my love 58.6
9 Changing my clothes 41.8
10 Giving him surprises on birthdays, anniversaries 40.7
11 Going to lots of places for dates 39.4
12 Bringing up new topics of conversation 36.0
13 Regularly changing my hair style, cosmetics 35.4
14 Not expressing my love too much 35.0
15 Keeping in close touch 31.3
16 Occasionally having agony uncle sessions with him 20.9
17 Keeping secrets 20.5

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