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3 month-ish Survey Update

As of the 13th it'll officially be three months since my research survey went live. Since then, I've gained permission to post to a few more online communities, such as the Otakon LJ and pimped the survey a bit at Anime North during my "Fanthropology of Slash" panel.

Towards the end of July I took a snapshot of the survey results, intending to talk about the results at the "Fanthropology" panel I got approved at the last minute for Otakon, only to have my trip canceled due to expensive, unexpected car repairs... When I took the snapshot on July 21st I had 337 total responses (251 fully complete and 86 partial). Since then, those numbers have jumped to 475 total as of today (354 complete and 121 partial) mostly thanks to people from the DragonCon LJ.

Without further ado, here is some of that simple data with some graphs (no correlations or complex statistical analysis yet):


The average age continues to hold at 27 years old. Oldest respondent was 62 years old, youngest was 12.



Biological sex hasn't changed much from the initial results - now 53% female and 42% male with 5% choosing not to answer.

77% of respondents were from the US, representing 43 different states, while 15% came from other countries, including Canada at 5%, England (3%), and Australia (2%).

Respondents were distributed across all education levels, with a majority in undergraduate education.


Most common fields for occupation were Student (27%, 92 responses), Computer related jobs (12%, 40 responses), and some form of Customer Service/Retail (11%, 36 responses).

62% of respondents were single, with 14% married and 13% living with partner.

Only 6% of survey respondents indicated a language other than English as their primary language.

Responses for self-identification of race were distributed as follows, with multiple answers allowed:


When asked what general fandoms they were interested/involved in, respondents answered as follows:


Respondents named 441 different specific fandoms that they considered themselves members of. Of those, the most popular responses included Star Trek, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Stargate, Supernatural, Pokemon, Naruto, DC Comics, Final Fantasy, BBC’s Merlin, and Glee.

Respondents named 240 different specific fandoms that they were member of, but no longer participate in. Of these, the most popular responses also included Harry Potter, Star Wars, Stargate, and Star Trek, but also included Lord of the Rings, Full Metal Alchemist, Battlestar Galactica, Sailor Moon, X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

71% of respondents said that they did attend fan conventions. Of those, convention preference was for Anthro/Furry (mostly due to the overwhelming response of people from AnthroCon), Anime and Sci-fi conventions.


When asked what they most dislike about conventions, a majority of respondents said that other people's bad behavior (inappropriate touching/glomping, being unnecessarily loud or shouting, or generally being rude/creepy/lacking in social skills) was the biggest problem. This was nearly double the number of people stating that too many people or too long of lines was their biggest complaint.



Some very interesting data so far, which I look forward to testing for correlations and such when the survey closes. I've continued to have a lot of positive feedback from people taking the survey and from conventions I've contacted for research access. I plan to start selecting respondents for follow up interviews sometime in September and will be making research trips to a few conventions over the next several months (more on that in a future post).

Once again, thank you to anyone who took the time to complete the survey. I appreciate each and every response I get. Also, if there was a particular question you would like to know about that I didn't discuss above or would like to see more of the 3-month results, please let me know.

Comments

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skippyfox
Aug. 7th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting stuff. In that last graph, would public displays of affection be exclusive to "free hugs/touching" or might similar answers have fallen into the "creepy/public behavior" category? What's the difference between these two?
covarla
Aug. 10th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
If I remember correctly, no one specifically commented on other people's public displays of affection detracting from their experience. The data in that graph was compiled from keywords in open answer questions, so if something fit both categories, then it was included in both. The free hugs/touching category lumped together people who complained about the people who hold up free hug signs at conventions and try to force people to give them hugs with other forms of inappropriate, unwanted or aggressive touching, such as 'glomping'. The "Bad/Creepy Behavior" category, on the other hand, grouped together all other complaints about others' behavior, such as excessive screaming and other noise, staring at breasts/butts/other body parts, rudeness, general lack of social skills, etc.
xydexx
Aug. 9th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
People Complaining About Free Hugs?
I shouldn't be surprised. I once got in trouble for Unnecessary Smiling.
covarla
Aug. 10th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: People Complaining About Free Hugs?
Mostly the complaints were not so much about free hugging in and of itself, but the people who get a little too aggressive in getting their "free hugs" from other con attendees, such as cornering, mobbing, or badgering people until they give a hug.
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