Who’s Most Social? Tall Men, Curvy Women and More!

People from all walks of life join Skout to meet people. But who are the friendliest? We wanted to get to the nitty-gritty of what types of people are the most sociable – who engages the most with their fellow Skouters. So we dove in to our data and broke down the numbers. What we found was pleasantly surprising.

Note: The data we used for this study was compiled during a six-month period of a sample of more than 1 million people who use the Skout app in the United States. For the purposes of this study, Skout defines an online connection as a conversation initiated by one Skouter who receives at least one response from the other person. Typically, there are multiple online interactions in a Skout “connection.”

Size does matter! Tall men and short women are the most social and outgoing with online friendships.

Let’s look at the data for men: The number of online friendships men have increases with their height. Have a look at the numbers we found:

  • Short men (under 5’6”) have, on average, online connections with 11 people.
  • Men of average height (between 5’10” and 6’) have, on average, online connections with 16 people.
  • Tall men (over 6’3”) have, on average, online connections with 17 people.
Tall men have, on average, online connections with 17 people, while short women average online connections with 33 people.

Tall men have, on average, online connections with 17 people, while short women average online connections with 33 people.

On the flipside, women trend the opposite of men when it comes to height:

  • Short women – under 4’11” – average online connections with 33 people.
  • Short women who are under 5’2” average online connections with 30 people.
  • Women of average height (5’4” to 5’7”) average online connections with 28 people.
  • Tall women (over 6’) average online connections with 14 people.

Looking for a new friend? Find someone who loves sports.

Here at Skout, we ask all of our users to share what types of activities interest them – from music to movies, TV, dancing, bars, games, sports and so on. And what we learned is Skouters of both genders who say they enjoy watching or playing sports have, on average, more online connections than people who prefer other activities.

Because people who love sports are so friendly, we thought it would be useful to find out what sports they enjoy the most. So last month we surveyed 8,031 of our U.S. users to ask which sports they prefer.

The results: Women prefer volleyball, basketball and yoga. Men choose basketball, soccer and running. Notice an overlap? It’s basketball! So there you have it: Go organize a basketball game and invite some new friends to join you!

Women prefer volleyball, basketball and yoga. Men choose basketball, soccer and running.

Women prefer volleyball, basketball and yoga. Men choose basketball, soccer and running.

Curvy women are friendlier than slender women.

Women who describe themselves on Skout as “curvy” or “more to love” have, on average, more online connections than women who claim to be “petite,” “slim,” “skinny” or “slender.” Remember: An online connection is defined by Skout as a chat initiated by one person who receives a response from the other (and, typically, involves multiple exchanges). So this finding is an indication of friendliness and willingness to engage in a conversation. Over the six-month time span:

  • Women who are “curvy” or have “more to love” average online connections with 28 people.
  • Women who say they are “petite,” “slim,” “skinny” or “slender” average online connections with fewer people – just 20.
Women who are “curvy” or have “more to love” average online connections with 28 people.

Women who are “curvy” or have “more to love” average online connections with 28 people.

Strong men make for strong friendships!
Men who consider themselves “athletic” and “muscular” average more online connections connections than any other body type. Thin men have fewer online connections, and larger men have the least amount of online connections among men.

During a six-month period:

  • Men who say they are “athletic” and “muscular” average online connections with 19 people.
  • Men who claim to be “slim,” “skinny” or “slender” average online connections with 16 people.
  • Men who say they are “large,” “solid” or have “more to love” average online connections with only 14 people.
Men who say they are “athletic” and “muscular” average online connections with 19 people.

Men who say they are “athletic” and “muscular” average online connections with 19 people.

Regardless of gender, people hit their “friendly peak” in their 40s.

It’s a numbers game! Both men and women start out being quite friendly online when they are 18 to 20 years old. Once people hit their 20s, the number of new people they strike up ongoing conversations with slows down. Who knows why? Perhaps they are consumed with starting a new career or start to focus on fewer yet more meaningful relationships.

Then people’s socialness starts to pick up again in their 30s.

But something major happens when they hit their 40s – that’s when both men and women pick up the pace and start interacting with more people than they ever have before. However, once they hit 50, their sociability takes a nosedive, and they seem to retreat from online interactions.

During this six-month period, women:

  • Ages 18-20 average online connections with 14 people.
  • Ages 21-30 average online connections with 10 people.
  • Ages 31-40 average online connections with 14 people.
  • Ages 41-50 average online connections with 16 people.
  • Age 50-plus averages online interactions with 5 people.
Women ages 41 to 50 average online connections with 16 people, and men the same age range average online connections with 8 people.

Women ages 41 to 50 average online connections with 16 people, and men the same age range average online connections with 8 people.

Men’s levels of online interactions:

  • Ages 18-20 average online connections with 7 people.
  • Ages 21-30 average online connections with 6 people.
  • Ages 31-40 average online connections with 7 people.
  • Ages 41-50 average online connections with 8 people.
  • Age 50-plus averages online connections with 5 people.

Finally, watch to see which cities have the friendliest people!

Skout Chat Advice: Don’t Send the Same Message to Different Skouters

Recently, we told you about how NOT to start a chat with a Skouter. It included such no-no’s as “Hey baby,” and “Hello dear.”

Our point: Be original!

Chat tip No. 1: Read a Skouter's profile before starting a Chat!

Chat tip No. 1: Read a Skouter’s profile before starting a Chat!

Skouters want to feel special – they’re more likely to respond to your chat if you take the time to look at their profiles. Skouters have told us that one of top things that annoys them is when someone asks them about something that they have clearly outlined in their profile.

But there’s a flipside to crafting a well-thought-out greeting, too. See example No. 9 of what not to say in a Skout chat.

9. “Hello dear how are you i was searching through profiles of eligible matches when i came across your profile and i was intrigued so i decided to write you a message i’m interested in knowing you better and eventually hope that things will work out between us so please do reply after you read this message thanks and stay blessed.”

Chat tip No. 2: DON'T send the same message over and over to different Skouters.

Chat tip No. 2: DON’T send the same message over and over to different Skouters.

We’ve noticed some Skouters will use the same opening line in a chat with multiple people. Believe it or not, a lot of the people you’re trying to chat with can tell you’re cutting and pasting that same message.

So here are some ideas for starting a chat:

  1. Slow down! Read a Skouter’s profile before starting a chat.
  2. Personalize your message – choose something from their profile to talk about or ask a specific question meant just for that person.
  3. Go ahead and chat with other Skouters, too, but send different messages – just for them.

Tap here for 10 tips about how to get more responses to your chats.

How to Give a Gift to a Skouter

Giving gifts to Skouters is a great way to get yourself noticed. Here’s a handy shortcut for giving a gift in Skout!

1. Open Chat with the Skouter you’d like to gift to.
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2. Tap the “+” sign.

3. Choose “Give Gift.”
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4. Select the gift you’d like to give to the Skouter.
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5. All set!
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Still looking for a reason to give a gift? Tap here for four situations in which you should give a gift to a Skouter.

Skouters Have All the Weekend Fun!

Have a good weekend, we said. Post your fun photos on Buzz, we said. And you listened!

Last week, we asked Skouters to post pictures to Buzz of their weekend fun, tagged #weekend. We chose our favorites to win 500 Points!

Find these winners via their SkoutIDs to see more of their fun Buzz posts.

Paula (SkoutID: paulasan07) spent the weekend having fun in the sun.
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Kody (SkoutID: kodyanthony) got a new tattoo this weekend!
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Keep an eye out on the Skout Blog as well as your Notifications for more chances to win Points!

Skouters: Show Us Your Weekend Fun!

Contest: Post a picture to Buzz of your weekend fun, tagged #weekend. We’ll choose the best pic to win 500 Points!

Post a picture to Buzz of your weekend fun with #weekend. Best pic wins 500 Points!

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Sometimes Buzz can get a little too real, ya know? And while we love that Skouters share their thoughts about work and school troubles and other frustrations, occasionally we need reminding that Sunday is Funday and another weekend is always around the corner.

When you’re out and about this weekend – or having indoors fun, whatever – please post a picture to Buzz of your weekend fun, tagged #weekend. We’ll choose the best pic to win 500 Points!

Don’t Forget the Skout Moms on Mother’s Day!

“A wife calls her mom when she’s having marital problems. Who does her husband call?” That was a question on “Family Feud” this week.

Spoiler alert: The No. 2 answer was “his mom.”

This Mother's Day give Gifts to all the moms on Skout!

This Mother’s Day give Gifts to all the moms on Skout!

It’s no secret that mothers are often their kids’ best friends. After all, your mother is usually the first person you meet, and she knows your likes, quirks and fears – Mom often knows you better than you know yourself.

The Skout Gift Store has jewelry, candy, flowers and more for Mother's Day!

The Skout Gift Store has jewelry, candy, flowers and more for Mother’s Day!

There are lots of mothers on Skout – maybe not YOUR mother, but other people’s mothers. So this Mother’s Day – don’t forget it’s on Sunday! – show the Skout moms you appreciate all they do by giving them flowers, bling, sweets and more from the Skout Gift Store. It’s the least you can do!

And then don’t forget to call your own mother …

A Skouter Checked Me Out – Now What?!

Find out who looked at your profile for 150 Points!

Find out who looked at your profile for 150 Points!

Someone checked you out! That’s a thrilling notification to receive in Skout – it means another Skouter looked at your profile. To find out who, tap on the green box in the notification. That action lets you see, for a whole 24 hours, each Skouter who has looked at your profile — and it costs only 150 Points!

But now what?

Really take a look at the profiles of the Skouters who checked you out. Do you have things in common? Are you looking for the same thing, whether it’s friendship, chatting or dating? Do their photos appeal to you?

Choose the Skouters with whom you want to connect and try one of these three communication tips:

Give a Gift. For the Skouter who’s a baseball fan, the Gift Store has an entire Sports category. Other categories include Flowers, Drinks, Travel and low-priced Stickers.

Ask, “Are you feeling shy?” Sometimes Skouters look at profiles and then clam up. Make the first move by opening up a Chat with him or her!

Use what you have in common. Stand out among all the other Skouters trying to chat with their simple “Hello,” and, “What’s up?” Ask a question based on what you read in his or her profile. Question the person decked out in Giants gear if they’ll make it to the World Series again. And ask the Financial District worker for a happy-hour recommendation.

Smile! Skouters Buzz With What Makes Them Smile

Want to connect with more people on Skout? Turn their frowns upside-down!

We notice that positive Buzz posts get lots of comments. So sure enough, when we asked Skouters to post pictures on Buzz of what makes them smile (tagged #smile), we were all smiles going through all the posts.

Here are our favorite Buzz posts, to which we deposited 500 Points in each Skouter’s account.

Puppy kisses make Poe (SkoutID: poepoe1990) smile.
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Riding makes Scott (SkoutID: streetbikescotty) smile.
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Tiny cats with hoodies make Angelo smile.
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Keep an eye on your Notifications for more Buzz contests, and you could win Points too!

Skout Puts You in Control of Meeting New People

We’ve said it before: There is no “block” option on the streets, and that’s what makes Skout different when it comes to meeting new people.

When you come across people on Skout, you have the power to decide if you want to chat – and even meet – them. Skout isn’t like a bar or a party, where some fool may talk your ear off. If that same fool starts chatting with you on Skout, you can block that user, and after that they won’t be able to comment on your Buzz or start a chat.

Go ahead and block that Skouter you don’t want to talk to, whether they’re out of your age range, live farther away than you like or just don’t interest you. We would rather you spend your time chatting with all the other Skouters who could become your new Online Friends (OFs) or even boyfriend or girlfriend.

To report or block someone, go to the user’s profile page and click on “More.” From there you have the option to select “Report” or “Block.”

After you've clicked "More,” you can select “Report” or “Block.”

After you’ve clicked “More,” you can select “Report” or “Block.”

We encourage you to report users for sexual content, violent or repulsive content, hateful or discriminatory content, harmful and dangerous content, copyrighted content, spam or a scam, or underage content.