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(Meta) Results of my recent poll

18th July 2009 (19:26)
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Thanks to everyone who replied to the poll I posted a couple of days ago on "what gets you hot?"! Here are the results, based on a survey size of 37 women and 13 men:

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Each column represents 100% of respondents, with those who ticked "never" omitted from the graph for clarity.


So, the data really does confirm the hypothesis that "men are visual, women are text-based.".

The majority of women went for "using my imagination" or "reading about it" as the method they use 'nearly always' or 'often'. Men also relied on their imagination, although not quite to the same degree as women; but the proportion choosing "looking at it" or "watching it" as their preferred method was much higher than for women. "Reading it" was not the first choice for most men, but a high proportion used this method at least occasionally... which is probably only to be expected given that this was a survey of men in LJ fandom. I suspect the figures for the general population might come out differently.

Questions? Comments?

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Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 18:48 (UTC)

Interesting, in a that's-what-I-expected-kind-of-way.

Your graph makes me faint with amazement. How'd you make it?


And: "a high proporation"? Believe you meant "proportion". :D

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 19:23 (UTC)

I don't know what you mean. There are no words misspelled in my post.
*looks innocent*

It's pretty much what I expected too, but it's always nice to have stereotypes confirmed by actual data. :-)


Your graph makes me faint with amazement. How'd you make it?

I drew it by hand in Adobe Illustrator, using 2.5 pixels per one percent as a scale for the height of each box.

Originally, I was just going to create the graph in Excel, but I knew exactly how I wanted it to look, and none of the graph options gave me this style. So I had to do it manually.

Thanks!

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 19:39 (UTC)

...wow. That sounds...really hard. Then again, I'm really, really technologically challenged for someone who spends quite a bit of time on the Internet, so...yeah. But still: impressive. You win the Internet for today. But you have to give it back to Chuck Norris tomorrow.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 19:58 (UTC)
fuffy-subtext

Nah, I'm keeping it. If Chuck objects I'll set Buffy and Faith onto him.

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 20:45 (UTC)

Hmmm. That would be a match for the ages...

...and I just said "for the ages", didn't I. I...yeah.

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 18:52 (UTC)

Haha, yeah it's as I expected.

And I echo giving you mad props for the graph. *iz pretty and informative*

*applauds* Job well done!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 19:25 (UTC)

I did wonder if anyone would want to write in the option "looking at graphs" as something that gets them hot. ;-)

Thanks!

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 20:09 (UTC)
hat

While I am a fan of graphs, I can honestly say that getting off while looking at them would make it near-impossible for me to make it through my classes (and would be very awkward).

Posted by: Emmie (angearia)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 23:38 (UTC)

Zing!

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 19:11 (UTC)
Jo Chen Spangel

Interesting :)

I wonder how much of it comes from being LJ people though, who tend to be more of a textual persuasion in general.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 19:27 (UTC)

That probably does bias the choice towards written material, true - but it wouldn't account for the major difference between the male and female responses.

Thanks!

Posted by: flake_sake (flake_sake)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 20:49 (UTC)

Yup I agree, also corresponds with my experience in which women usually prefer written porn over movies, but I'm never sure if that's because women are less visual than men or because the porn industry pretty much ignores them as viewers in the first place.

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 19:36 (UTC)
pout

There's a graph? Why can I not see the graph?? :(

*likes graphs*

Posted by: Lily (lavastar)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 19:39 (UTC)

IT'S SUCH A GOOD GRAPH.

THIS IS SO SAD.

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 19:40 (UTC)
yay

Oh! Now I see it.

*geeks out*

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 20:05 (UTC)
willow geek

Okay, now substantive thoughts:

1. While the results are indicative of the hypothesis, the sample size is too small (and non-representative of the general population as a result of it being voluntary) to be conclusive. Though I'm sure you know that. :)

2. As I'm sure you'll also know, I think that social pressures against women watching and enjoying porn probably conditions them to find pleasure in alternate sources. I'm trying to think of a sufficient way to research this to bypass the social conditioning and see if this comes down to innate biological differences or not (likely not possible to research in an LJ poll, unfortunately).

3. I'm also wondering if there's any interesting data on whether an individual who is more likely to "nearly always" or "often" enjoy one method is also more likely to enjoy other methods or if people are more often exclusive to one "type" of stimulation. This would require an analysis of an individual's votes cross-question, which only you would have the ability to do seeing as it's a private poll. :)

4. Also, women are clearly more imaginative than men are. *sticks tongue out*

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th July 2009 10:53 (UTC)

The sample size is one third of my flist. That gives me a high degree of confidence that the survey is representative of my flist. :-)

What? You wanted data on the entire population?

As for (4), I'd ask you for a list of male authors, playwrights, poets, artists, sculptors, philosophers, theologians, inventors and designers from the past 4,000 years, then a comparable list of female equivalents... but you'd only start talking about social pressure and the patriarchy, so I won't. :-)

Posted by: The One Who Isn't Chosen (gabrielleabelle)
Posted at: 19th July 2009 21:14 (UTC)

Well...women's art has been consistently devalued throughout history, often relegated to "folk art". Not to mention, the history of women authors and artists and such simply aren't taught in standard English and History classrooms (they're scuttled off to "Women's Studies").

Besides...the book commonly cited as "the first novel" (which it...kinda isn't, but it was wildly influential regardless), Tales of the Genji was written by a woman...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 19:59 (UTC)

I don't know. Why couldn't you see my beautiful graph?

Also, see my reply to Emmie... ;-)

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 22:37 (UTC)

I can't believe I missed it. I filled it out anyway. Better late than never!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 19th July 2009 10:54 (UTC)

Breathing gets you hot?
:-)

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 19th July 2009 11:05 (UTC)
faith S4 puppy

Like you wouldn't believe. If I couldn't breathe, I'd just die.

Posted by: Caroline (jamalov29)
Posted at: 18th July 2009 23:03 (UTC)
TVGuide head tilt

The majority of women went for "using my imagination" or "reading about it" as the method they use. Not surprisingly. ;) Imagination is the best thing in the world!
After the real thing. :-)

Posted by: counteragent (counteragent)
Posted at: 19th July 2009 09:12 (UTC)

Cool. I was curious as to how this would turn out!

Posted by: candleanfeather (candleanfeather)
Posted at: 19th July 2009 16:17 (UTC)

There's a good coherency in the women's answers as there's a strong link between imagination and reading.

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