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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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