When one feels jealous of one’s friends


goo Ranking took a look at moments when people felt jealous of their friends.


From the 5th to the 7th of September 2012 1,006 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were female, 10.5% in their teens, 13.7% in their twenties, 26.6% in their thirties, 27.6% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 9.9% 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 did get jealous of my friends back home when they got married before me, but in Japan I find very little to be jealous about, or I have enough good things of my own that I don’t feel it necessary to be eaten by petty jealousy.

Ranking result

Q: What has made you feel jealous of your friends? (Sample size=1,006)

Rank Score
1When their marriage partner was beautiful/handsome100
2When their marriage partner was rich95.0
3When their girlfriend/boyfriend was beautiful/handsome83.6
4When the girls/guys were interested only in them at a dating party77.5
5When they won the lottery71.7
6When I found out that they were earning more than me58.7
7When they found a great new job46.0
8When I learnt they could attract the opposite sex with their eyes45.5
9When the shop staff were courteous to my friend only42.1
10When they went off to enjoy themselves on holiday overseas37.6
11When my girlfriend/boyfriend praised them36.5
12When they got a job offer before me32.0
13When I found out they had more saved in the bank than me31.2
14When I found out they’d pulled28.8
15When they got promoted to a plum job26.7
16When they got married before me26.2
17When everyone loved the joke he told23.3
18When they had a kid before me22.5
19When kids liked only them22.5
20When their SNS posts got more comments than mine20.6
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