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Valentine's Day Survey Results

Smart girls decide for themselves.

May, 2002

In February, we asked about Valentine's Day and dream dates.  532 girls and 18 boys between the ages of 8 and 21 responded (average age 14.6 years).  Respondents came from the following countries:  United States (72%), United Kingdom (14%), Canada (7%), and the rest of the world (from Indonesia to India - 7%).

SmartGirl asked if you celebrated Valentines Day. Nearly 90 percent of you celebrate Valentine’s Day.  See Table 1.1 for the results.

Table 1.1 Celebrate Valentine's Day?

Response

Frequency

Percent*

Yes

466

87

No

67

13

*Percentages based only on respondents who answered this question.  27 people didn’t respond to this question.

SmartGirl asked, “Do you have someone special this year for Valentine's Day (or any other day this month)? Forty-one percent of you had a special someone this February, while another twenty six percent were not sure at the time you took the survey.

SmartGirl asked about the status of the relationship with your Valentine or dream date.

Table 1.2 Status of Your Relationship with a Valentine or Dream Date?

Response

Frequency

Percent*

Dating

192

35

Just Friends

158

29

More than friends

129

24

Don't have anyone

40

7

Other

20

4

Family (e.g. already married)

4

1

*17 people didn’t respond to this question.

 SmartGirl asked where you met your Valentine or dream date.

Table 1.3 Where Did You Meet Your Valentine Or Dream Date?

Response

Frequency

Percent*

School

259

48

Friends

72

13

Party

33

6

After School Activities

25

5

We've always known each other

20

4

Sports

19

4

Neighbor

13

2

Work

11

2

Mall

9

2

Dance

6

1

Camp

5

1

Walking the Dog

2

.5

Other

61

11..5

* 25 people didn’t answer this question

SmartGirl asked, “The first time my Valentine and I met...”

Table 1.4 The First Time We Met…

Response

Frequency

Percent

We started out as friends

226

40

I was interested in more that just friendship

108

19

It was love at first site

70

13

I wasn't attracted at all

70

13

We hated each other

22

4

Other

29

5

No Response

35

6

The largest proportion of you started out as friends (43%). Only 4% percent started with hate at first sight.  Chart 1.2 shows the results graphically.

SmartGirl asked you choose three characteristics about your valentine or dream date from the following list.  The percent represents the proportion of respondents who thought their valentine or dream date had the characteristic.  The percents don’t add up to 100 because you could check more than one characteristic.

Table 1.5 Characteristics of Valentines

Response

Percent of respondents

Funny

66

Attractive

55

Caring

42

Smart

35

Understanding

29

Thoughtful

27

Supportive

22

Sensitive

20

Creative

17

Challenging

15

Encouraging

12

Nerdy

5

SmartGirl asked, “How do you feel about your Valentine or dream date?’

Table 1.6 How Do You Feel About Your Valentine?

Response

Frequency

Percent

Head over heels in love

200

36

I like them a lot

184

33

I'm not sure how I feel

77

14

I don't know why I like them, but I do

51

9

No Response

48

9

 Over two thirds of you are “head over heels” or really liking your Valentines.

SmartGirl asked, “Does your Valentine or dream date know how you feel?”

Table 1.7 Does Your Valentine Or Dream Date Know How You Feel?

Response

Frequency

Percent

Yes

314

56

No

225

40

No Answer

21

4

Over 50 percent of you reported that your Valentine or dream date knows your feelings.

SmartGirl asked, “Your first attraction to your Valentine was....”

Table 1.8 First attracted by…

Response

Frequency

Percent

Personality

332

59.3

Face

150

26.8

Body

34

6.1

Friends

16

2.9

Money

3

0.5

Car

2

0.4

Neighborhood

1

0.2

Clothes

1

0.2

No Response

21

3.8

You are SmartGirls!  Over half of you were most attracted by personality.

SMARTGIRL asked, “Would you ever ask your Valentine out on a date?”

Table 1.9 Would You Ask Out Your Valentine Or Dream Date?

Response

Frequency

Percent

Yes

342

61

No

197

35

No Answer

21

4

 

Over 60 percent of you said, “Yes!” See Chart 1.3 for a visual representation of the data.

SmartGirl asked, "What would be the perfect gift from your Valentine or dream date?"

 

SmartGirl asked, “What is your favorite part about Valentine's Day or any other special occasion that involves a significant other?”

Table 1.10 Favorite Part of Valentine's Day?

Response

Frequency

Percent

Being with someone you care about

299

53

It's romantic

124

22

I hate Valentine's Day and dates

36

6

Getting a gift

31

6

Getting a card in the mail

20

4

No response

50

9

Hey, only 6% of you hate Valentine’s Day!

SmartGirl asked, “Would you kiss your Valentine or dream date at the end of the night?”

An overwhelming 83% said, “Yes”!

SMARTGIRL asked, “How long do you think your relationship with your Valentine or dream date will last?”

Table 1.11How long will it last?

Response

Frequency

Percent

I'm not sure

210

38

Forever

145

26

A couple of months

92

16

A couple of years

57

10

No Response

30

5

A couple of weeks

20

4

A couple of days

6

1

Only a quarter of you thought this relationship would last forever.  Most of you were unsure as to how long it would last.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!

Please remember that all web-based polls are not scientific because the pollsters cannot randomly select the respondents to participate in the surveys.

 

 
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