Skouters Tell All for International Kissing Day!

The results of the International Kissing Day survey are in, and we’re pawsitively shocked by the results – almost 1 in 5 Skouters told us they’d rather kiss their pet than their significant other!

Nearly 5,000 Skouters took part in our recent survey in honor of International Kissing Day on July 6, and we discovered all sorts of kiss quirks about you.

Pucker up for the survey results!

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You heard that right: Nearly 1 in 5 Skouters would rather kiss their pet than their significant other!

  • And 43 percent say they’d prefer to kiss their pet rather than family or friends.

In general, the majority of people pucker up for pets.

  • 75 percent of Skouters admit that they kiss their pets.

Dogs are the most kissable pet.

  • 70 percent of people say dogs are the most kissable pet.
  • 21 percent of Skouters purr-fer to kiss their cats.
  • Skouters choose paws over claws: Only 7 percent kiss their birds, and just 2 percent prefer their reptiles.

But enough about pets …

When it comes to friends, the majority of us appreciate a “hello” kiss.

  • 61 percent of Skouters surveyed say they’re all for a quick kiss when greeting a friend.
  • Interestingly, men (64 percent) are even more likely than women (56 percent) to kiss when saying hello.

Get cheeky – but keep it to one cheek only!

  • The majority rules again. Among Skouters who appreciate a greeting kiss, 75 percent say a quick kiss hello on one cheek is the way to go.
  • A quick kiss on both cheeks goes too far for most (only 12 percent prefer it), and a simple air kiss isn’t as genuine (just 13 percent prefer that).

Kissing in the workplace? Not so popular …

  • 13 percent of Skouters surveyed have greeted a co-worker with a quick kiss.
  • 11 percent say they have kissed their boss!

This survey was conducted online in June 2015 among 4,995 Skout users in the United States.


SKOUT JOINS PAWS WITH MUTTVILLE FOR INTERNATIONAL KISSING DAY

Because so many Skouters said they prefer to kiss their dogs, it was a natural fit for Skout to partner with Muttville, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs.  Muttville rescues senior dogs, the ones least likely to be adopted from shelters, and finds them new homes and a second chance at love.

Skout’s recent survey found that 52 percent of people would adopt an older dog, and on International Kissing Day – July 6! – for every virtual Muttville sticker friends give to each other in the Skout app, Skout will make a donation to Muttville that will go toward K9 care and kisses, including dental work, medical exams and grooming! This is a great way to participate in International Kissing Day, especially if you don’t have anyone to kiss today – give virtual kisses, instead! Tap here to learn how to give a gift.

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To participate in the donation on July 6th


GOLDEN DOGS IN THEIR GOLDEN YEARS IS A GOLDEN IDEA

Looking for a companion to greet you with a kiss when you wake up in the morning as well as give you a warm welcome when you get home after a long day of work? Adopt a dog! But, not just any dog — a senior dog! Senior dogs have the wisdom and patience to be the wind in your sail, the shoulder to lean on, and the light on your horizon. Senior dogs are straight-up golden!

Here are 5 reasons to adopt a senior dog ASAP:

1. They’re already trained!
Most senior dogs have lived with people before, so they’ve developed good manners.

2. What you see is what you get.
Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. They’re comfortable in their own skin, which makes them pretty chill to be around.

3. They won’t ruin your shoes.
Senior dogs respect a tidy living space and don’t want to ruin that by chewing everything in the house.

4. Respect for personal boundaries!
Because they’re used to living with roommates, senior dogs respect your personal space and leave you time for yourself – they don’t make the kind of demands that puppies and young dogs do.

5. Ready for love.
Older dogs are good at giving love. Many people say, after they adopt a senior dog, the dog is grateful for a second chance, and the bond they build is unmatched.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area come meet the love of your life at Muttville’s adoption events almost every weekend, noon to 3 p.m. (check the website to be sure). Lots of kisses! Check us out online for a list of all our golden oldies.

Sherri Franklin

Sherri Franklin


Sherri Franklin is the founder of Muttville, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. Muttville rescues senior dogs, the ones least likely to be adopted from shelters, and finds them new homes and a second chance at love.

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WIN MATCHING SHIRTS FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG

Win matching shirts for you and your pooch!

Win matching shirts for you and your pooch!

Want to look positively precious with your dog? Just follow these instructions to enter to win two Skout-Muttville raglan shirts – one for you and one for your doggie pal!

  • You must have a Skout account. You can join Skout here:
  • Post a photo of you and your dog on Buzz, tagged #K9Kisses.
  • Skout will choose our favorite photo and award the winner two Skout-Muttville shirts — you and your dog can be twinsies!

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Skouters Pick Their Favorites

Friends, nature, drinks — what are a few of your favorite things? We asked Skouters to post pictures of their favorite things on Buzz, hash tagged #fave. We then chose OUR favorite Buzz posts and awarded them 500 Points each.

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Keep an eye out on the Skout Blog as well as your Notifications for more chances to win Points!

Skout Success: Kathryn and Brett

“I need Volkswagen friends.” Posting that on Skout changed Kathryn’s life.

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Kathryn and Brett

Skouter Brett was scrolling through profiles on Meet People, when he spotted Kathryn’s photo. Brett clicked over to her profile, saw that post and was pleasantly surprised to see Kathryn was cute AND liked Volkswagens!

Brett sent a chat to Kathryn, stating he owned a VW.

“After talking for days about ourselves and our cars, we exchanged numbers,” Kathryn told us. Chatting on Skout became talking on the phone, which led to a first date.

“I told him after that first date that I would marry him because he had a Volkswagen,” Kathryn says. “Oddly, that put him at ease.”

Three years later, Kathryn and Brett collect and work on Volkswagens together. They are even planning a Volkswagen-themed wedding!

“I can’t thank Skout enough for helping me find Brett,” says Kathryn.

Have you met someone on Skout – whether it’s a partner, a friend or someone with whom you chat? Please tell us at successstories@skout.com, and we may share your tale on the Skout Blog AND award you 500 Points!

Skouters Just Wanna Have Fun!

What happens when Skout asks our community to share photos on Buzz, hashtagged #fun? We see even more great photos than ever before! We chose our favorites to win 500 Points each.

Sarah (SkoutID: sunnygirl15) has goofy #fun with her friends.
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This Skouter (SkoutID: hmokahal) says even work is #fun when you’re at the “best hookah lounge“!
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Want to win Points too? Keep an eye on your Notifications for future hashtag contests!

Skout Success: Meghan and Mike

Meghan (SkoutID: megmeggie) says she joined Skout one day when she was bored, with the intention of just flirting with some guys.

“Then I found Mike, who I thought would be like the rest of the lame boys out there,” says Meghan, who noticed Mike (SkoutID: mikeymurawski) on Meet People. “He was wearing a Mac Miller sweatshirt in his profile picture, and since I’m a fan of Mac Miller I assumed right off the bat that we’d have something in common, giving us a better chance of possibly getting along.”

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Get along they did, chatting on Skout more and more, which turned into exchanging texts every day and even video chatting almost every night.

“We talk about problems with each other and then end up laughing about it at the end,” says Mike. “We are always making fun of each other, but in a good way. Honestly, it’s a very good friendship.”

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Meghan

“That day, without knowing it at the time, I got lucky,” Meghan says.

Meghan and Mike still chat every day, and though their friendship is currently conducted solely through devices, “we plan to meet in real life soon,” says Mike.

“I’m happy I met Meghan through Skout,” he told us.

Have you met someone on Skout – whether it’s a partner, a friend or someone with whom you chat? Please tell us at successstories@skout.com, and we may share your tale on the Skout Blog AND award you 500 Points!

Skout BFFs Win Shopping Spree

On Skout, every day is National BFF Day. All day, every day people chat with their friends on Skout or browse through Buzz and Meet People to find new ones.

That doesn’t mean we didn’t celebrate National BFF Day on Monday, though. All day we gave away Bestie badges and talked about celebrity best friends. The holiday just gave us an excuse to celebrate friendship!

Skouters Adreana and Natalia are BFFs in real life too.

Skouters Adreana and Natalia are BFFs in real life too.

But not only did we want to celebrate friendship – we wanted to reward it, too, so we asked Skouters to post photos on Buzz with their BFFs. Then we chose our favorite besties, and we’re giving them EACH a $250 gift card for H&M. Because what’s better than shopping with your best friend? Congratulations to Adreana (SkoutID: @adreana21) and Natalia (SkoutID: @nataliaachanelle) – enjoy your shopping spree!

To learn about the next Skout contests, be sure to keep an eye on your Notifications. Also, follow us on social media!

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Instagram: https://instagram.com/skoutapp/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/skoutapp

Happy BFF Day! Skouters Say Women, Pets Are Best Friends

Who is YOUR best friend? To celebrate National BFF Day on June 8, Skout asked our community all about their closest friendships – as well as which celebrity BFFs they like the most.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Credit: Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Credit: Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com.

We’re not surprised: Men’s – and women’s! – best friends are women.

  • Nearly 40 percent of men surveyed say their best friend is a woman.
  • 66 percent of women say their best friend is a woman.

Women are more likely than men to have a best friend.

  • A whopping 90 percent of women say they have a BFF, whereas only 75 percent of men say the same.

Most people say they’re better looking than their best friend!

  • 62 percent of women and 52 percent of men think they are more attractive than their best friend.
  • 40-somethings have the most self-confidence, with 64 percent saying they are better looking than their best friend.

1 in 5 people met their best friend online.

  • 21 percent of people surveyed say they met their BFF online through social media or an app like Skout – including these Skouters!

Great friendships can endure distance.

  • Less than half (47 percent) of Skouters say they live in the same town as their best friend.
  • 24 percent of people surveyed say their best friend lives “far away.”
  • 7 percent say their best friend lives in a different country!

We’re not kitten – pets are pals too!

  • 5 percent of Skouters say their pet is most important to them.
  • The same number of people – 14 percent – say their BFF or significant other is the most important person in their lives.
  • 65 percent of Skouters say family is most important.
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Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. Credit: FashionStock.com/Shutterstock.com.

Ben and Matt are the top celeb BFFs!

  • 27 percent of Skouters choose Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as their favorite pair of famous besties.
  • Tied for second place – with 21 percent each – are BFFs Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss as well as James Franco and Seth Rogen.
  • Garnering 10 percent each of Skouters’ votes were best friends Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell as well as Bella Thorne and Zendaya.
  • Finally, 9 percent of Skouters say their favorite BFFs are Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevigne.
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Seth Rogen and James Franco with dates. Credit: s_bukley/Shutterstock.com.

This survey was conducted online last month among 3,306 Skout users in the United States.


Watch Skouters with their own BFFs:


BRAND-NEW FRIENDSHIP BADGES!

Show your besties how much they’re appreciated by giving them Skout’s new BFF badges – now available in the Gift Store. BFF badges are free Sunday and Monday! Tap here to learn how give gifts to all Skout friends. You can find the new BFF badges in the Badges category in the Gift Store!

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WIN A SHOPPING SPREE FOR YOU AND YOUR BFF!

Want to win a shopping spree for your and your best friend? Just follow these instructions to enter to win a pair of $250 H&M gift cards – one for you and one for your BFF!

  • You and your friend must each have your own Skout accounts. Aren’t Skouters yet? No problem – you can join here: http://bit.ly/1EXHusW
  • Make sure you each create a SkoutID! Tap here to learn how to make a SkoutID.
  • Post a photo of you and your friend on Buzz, tagged #BFF and include your SkoutIDs.
  • Skout will choose our favorite photo and award the winner two H&M gift cards, each worth $250!

Drink Up the Latest Skout Hashtag Contest Winners

Cheers to all the Skouters who entered our new hashtag contest! We asked you to post pictures to Buzz with your favorite drink, tagged #cheers, and now we’re toasting each of these Skouters with 500 Points:

AJ (SkoutID: ajn77) makes her favorite cocktail to toast with.
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B (SkoutID: darkbella4) says her sister is her best drinking buddy.
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Janet (SkoutID: janet5891) may not know how to toast with this drink at Sam’s in Japan.
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To see more of the winners’ fun pics, look them up with their SkoutIDs. And stay tuned for more Buzz contests – you could win Points too!