Childish actions Japanese still do as adults


Since today is Children’s Day, goo Ranking celebrated by publishing this survey looking at childish actions that people can’t quit.


Over the 29th of February and the 1st of March 2012 1,175 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 61.4% of the sample were female, 10.0% in their teens, 16.5% in their twenties, 29.3% in their thirties, 24.1% in their forties, 10.6% in their fifties, and 9.5% 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.

For me, it’s kicking up piles of leaves and booting pine cones down the road! I also do the cake size comparison, which does annoy the spousal unit no end.

Let’s have a picture not related the survey, but of koinobori, the carp streamers that fly every Children’s Day. And a Wooden Horse of Troy.

Mt Fuji, Koinobori

Ranking results

Q: What childish actions can you not quit? (Sample size=1,175)

Rank Score
1Soon going in the huff when there’s something I’m not interested in100
2Getting miffed easily92.0
3Comparing the size of my slice of cake, etc with others63.5
4Only stepping on the coloured tiles when out walking59.9
5Getting jealous easily55.8
6Blatently basing my actions on the influence of a film, TV programme I watched, book, magazine I read52.8
7Believing in jinxes51.1
8Checking the smell of everything40.9
9Taking a lyric and singing an odd improvisation around it as I work38.7
10Jiggling my legs when sitting34.0
11Crying easily33.4
12Sleeping with my favourite toy, blanket, etc30.9
13Passing off little fictions as true stories to others29.0
14=Imitating the speech patterns of an animation character26.5
14=Adding “Biff!”-type sound effects when hitting people26.5
16Chasing pigeons, etc24.9
17Stealthily putting hated food onto other people’s plates23.5
18Lining up hated vegetables around the rim of the plate20.2
19Eating sweets straight out of the wrapper16.0
20Telling tales of derring-do15.5
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  1. stupid america said,
    May 6, 2012 @ 01:28

    Not be a dick but as an American I am clueless on expressions like going in the huff and getting miffed

    • tommy said,
      May 14, 2012 @ 21:34

      going in a huff, means huff and puff (angrily hmmff! walking away),

      miffed, pissed off.

  2. Julie said,
    May 22, 2012 @ 10:55

    What is a derring-doo?

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