Posts Tagged: Surveys

That Big Study About How the Student Debt Nightmare Is in Your Head? It's Garbage

The worries are exaggerated: Only 7% of young adults with student debt have $50,000 or more.

— David Leonhardt (@DLeonhardt) June 24, 2014

Doesn't that sound like a fact? Well, it's something that might be a fact.

The Brookings Institute Institution (!!!) is here to tell you that the whole fable of debt-panicked young people in America is a lie! And their study comes complete with a huge announcement in the New York Times, which puts a rather snide slant on the whole thing. It's all in your head, millennials! "Only 7 percent of young-adult households with education debt have $50,000 or more of it," [...]


History's Most Ideal Beards

Anyone who considers growing a beard weighs the same set of pros and cons. Assuming you’re already confident in your ability to muster respectable whiskers—and you may not be, as one sad sack relates—your immediate concern is probably skin irritation. Beards itch. They itch you, and they’ll itch anyone you’re close to. They can even irk casual observers. Try watching Giant’s relief pitcher Brian Wilson midgame. The fake beards donned by fans meant to display support for Wilson’s Black Beard Revival are an affront to his dedication. In the midst of summer, hurling 100 mph fastballs, that thing probably feels like a bird’s nest made of fiber [...]


Survey Says! The Complete Online Dating Advice Guide for Men

This post is sponsored by eHarmony. Date smarter. Start now, free! Alright! 2,208 people actually completed our survey last week about online dating. So, for starters this week, we're looking at responses about online dating by people who date men. It's a combination of helpful tips, deep experiences and some frank examples of what dudes might think about not doing. We want to help you, guys—but you have to allow us. So open your minds, and your heart will follow. Or something like that. Let us take you through it all, from profile picture, to email exchanges, to meeting and greeting. Take our hand, we'll get there together! [...]


It Gets Better, Nerds

Good news for nerds, outcasts, homos and freaks: those dudes winning on your school's football team are going to bomb out of life: the more winning there is, the more their grades go down. You should totally cite them this survey while they're beating you up.


Study: America's Young Men No Longer As Ballsy

Has the "mancession" been so severe that it is now affecting the masculinity of the American teenager?

According to Allstate Foundation's 'Shifting Teen Attitudes: The State of Teen Driving 2009,' 27 percent of girls admit to speeding at least 10 miles over the speed limit, vs. 19 percent of boys. Also, 16 percent of girls report that they are very aggressive while driving, up from 9 percent in 2005. Meanwhile, 13 percent of teen boys admitted to being very aggressive while driving, vs. 20 percent in 2005.

Or are girls just getting braggier while boys are learning to shut up a little bit when asked about dangerous behavior [...]


2 out of 3 Straight Men Have Sex Only Once A Week Or Way Less

It only occurred to me later in life that the lot of a straight man was a terrible one. They think about sex all the time-but so rarely have it. So here is the most recent ridiculous survey about sex (from an alleged 50,000 male readers of! (Whoops!)) and it finds that 28% of men have sex less than one time a month! Gah! Haha! Wow! Surprisingly, 87% of men also report being dissatisfied with their sex life. I BET!


Amazing New Poll Says Only 10% of U.S. Thinks Abortion Should Be Totally Illegal

NBC/WSJ poll: Most Americans favor gay marriage. Most oppose abortion.

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) April 12, 2013

One problem with Twitter as a news-and-churn source is that it's hard to summarize things! So here is a telephone poll, of a whopping 1000 people, that finds that… well what does it find?

"According to the survey, a combined 52 percent say that abortion should be illegal either with exceptions or without them, versus a combined 45 percent who say it should be legal either 'always' or 'most of the time.'" What does that actually mean? We already know from far more thorough studies that 63% [...]


A Treasury of the World's Worst Online Dating Stories

Since we gathered a truly huge pile of data from our online dating survey, we've published advice about how to improve online dating for everyone, for folks who date men and folks who date women. Now, in our final installment of this very special dating survey roundup, we bring you: The Most Horrific Things Encountered While Online Dating. A word of warning here? Most of these are really funny. And then, in a small section towards the end, some of them are absolutely not funny. We're including some extremely frank stuff, including about sexual assault. If you're not up for reading about that today, you should take a [...]


Won't You Take Our Online Dating Survey, Just for Kicks?


The Way We Stick Things Into Other Things Now

How are we doing sex to each other these days? In a pleasantly diversified fashion! According to research from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, we are doing sex in 41 combinations of the following: "penile-vaginal intercourse, solo masturbation, partnered masturbation, oral sex and anal sex." While penis-vagina remains a safe and popular investment, we're seeing strong growth in almost all sectors.


According to "Survey": College Majors and their Resulting Salaries

If you are considering going to college (which, from where I'm sitting now, looks like a big fat waste of five-and-a-half years) you should major in engineering of some sort. According to a pretty unreliable "thing found on the Internet," seven out of the top ten undergraduate degrees by salary are in engineering. Surprisingly, sitting only 20 spots lower, a philosophy degree (stupid, Dave!) will supposedly earn you more than business administration, business management and advertising. Twenty spots lower than that, journalism languishes below nursing, English and agriculture. But just above forestry. Which will probably be incorrect by the time you read this.


Spoilers, Screenerbrags and Squabbles: How Film Critics Use Twitter

Venn diagram review of "LA RELIGIEUSE" and "VIC+FLO ONT VU UN OURS" #Berlinale…

— Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek) February 10, 2013

This year, the Tribeca Film Festival hosted a conversation between Will Leitch and Dana Stevens on how social media—and Twitter specifically—has affected the work of film criticism. On the subject of sharing thoughts after screenings, Leitch emphasized that he has always set aside time for reflection after a film instead of rushing into forming an opinion, while Stevens jokingly remarked that, for professional critics, pre-tweeting before a review feels like "stealing from yourself."

In light of [...]


Survey Says! The Complete Online Dating Advice Guide For Women

Many moons ago, a few thousand of you filled out a survey about dating online. A few moons after that, we compiled all the best tips and tricks shared by folks who date men. And now here we are with advice for women, kindly suggested by the men and women who date them. Some of this advice is the same advice that people wanted to give to the men! But some of it is different. Then next week we'll share your many, many horrifying (although sometimes okay) Online Dating Stories and we'll all have a good cry, laugh or "awww" together. For now, though, here's what our respondents [...]


252 Things Our Readers Bought on Amazon This Year

As an Amazon affiliate, we get a wee percentage of sales from people who click through from our site to Amazon. But better than that, we get a report from Amazon about what people have purchased! (Don't worry, it's all anonymous: there's no information at all passed on about the purchaser's identity.) One thing we can guarantee: you people buy things online. Here are just a few excerpts from the year 2011, here with quantity, title, media and cost.

1 Chupacabra (HD), Amazon Instant Video, $2.84

2 "Top Chef: Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party," Instant Video, $1.89

1 Buffalo by David Bitton Men's Bridle Strap Belt [...]


Jesus Coming, Newspapers Going

When the Rapture happens you will have to read about it on your iPad, if the predictive powers of Americans surveyed in a Pew Research poll are at all accurate: "64 percent of Americans say printed newspapers will cease to exist by 2050…. A significant 41 percent of respondents expect Jesus Christ to return by 2050."


Sex Survey Exposes National Shortcomings, Under-reported Truths

A poll of 15,000 women asked to rank the sexual performance of men by nationality ranked Germans as the worst in bed due to subpar hygiene. English indolence, Swedish celerity, Turkish perspiration, and American aggression resulted in those countries also scoring poorly. Make of it what you will, but the near-universal finding that the remarkable prowess of extremely hirsute half-Italian, half-Jewish alcoholics causes women to "swing from the rafters while hearing a choir of angels singing 'Nobody Does It Better'" has left me convinced that there is an unusual degree of accuracy to this one.