When one wishes one was single again in Japan

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goo Ranking also recently looked at the moments when people wish they were single again, for both women and men.

Demographics

Over the 5th and 6th of October 2012 1,064 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.2% 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.

For me, it’s not getting time to myself, or more precisely, realising that I’ve spent most of the weekend or the evening watching nonsense on the telly just to keep my wife company on the sofa. Second, it’s not having the freedom to spend money on even just cheap PC upgrades, or to get a tablet computer, etc.

Ranking result

Q: What moments make you wish you were single again? (Sample size=619, female)

Rank Score
1When I realise I’m spending every day on housework100
2When I cannot easily go out drinking with friends94.9
3When I cannot get any time for myself81.0
4When I make a plan to go out but have to get permission from my husband78.5
5When I realise I haven’t been on a trip with my friends for a while74.7
6When I cannot buy the things I want64.6
7When I have a row with my husband but there’s nowhere to go54.4
8When I have to go to a family gathering50.6
9When it becomes a bother to meet relatives for New Year, summer, etc43.7
10=When I see my friends splashing out money41.8
10=When I cannot get on with my parents-in-laws41.8
12When my pocket money decreases37.3
13When I see my husband lazing around in the house32.3
14When it is decided I have to move in with the parents-in-laws29.7
15When I learn about my friends getting lost in their hobbies29.1
16When my husband is opposed to something I want27.8
17When I have to worry about the last train home when out drinking26.6
18When a friend finds a new partner20.3
19When all my good friends are all still single18.4
20When I realise that I haven’t been out with just my husband for a while17.1
21When I see photos of my friends having fun on Facebook, etc15.8
22When I cannot get along with my brothers-, sisters-in-law15.2
23When I find out a friend is attracting people of the opposite sex11.4
24When a friend comes for a consultation on love matters8.9
25When I cannot get along with my children’s parents6.3

Q: What moments make you wish you were single again? (Sample size=445, male)

Rank Score
1When my pocket money decreases100
2When I make a plan to go out but have to get permission from my wife93.4
3When I cannot get any time for myself77.0
4When I have a row with my wife but there’s nowhere to go73.8
5=When I cannot easily go out drinking with friends68.9
5=When I cannot buy the things I want68.9
7When I have to worry about the last train home when out drinking49.2
8When my wife is opposed to something I want47.5
9When I see my friends splashing out money42.6
10When I realise I haven’t been on a trip with my friends for a while41.0
11When a friend finds a new partner37.7
12When I find out a friend is attracting people of the opposite sex34.4
13=When I realise that I haven’t been out with just my wife for a while32.8
13=When it becomes a bother to meet relatives for New Year, summer, etc32.8
15When I cannot get on with my parents-in-laws29.5
16=When I realise I’m spending every day on housework26.2
16=When I learn about my friends getting lost in their hobbies26.2
18When I have to go to a family gathering24.6
19When I see my wife lazing around in the house21.3
20When a friend comes for a consultation on love matters14.8
21When it is decided I have to move in with the parents-in-laws9.8
22=When all my good friends are all still single6.6
22=When I see photos of my friends having fun on Facebook, etc6.6
24When I cannot get along with my children’s parents3.3
25When I cannot get along with my brothers-, sisters-in-law1.6
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