Monday, September 19, 2016

Survey results: Soulmates

By Avery Williamson

Sometime ago we wanted to have some fun on our online dating websites. We thought a survey would be the perfect thing since they're intended to be quick and fun, and they can also be extremely informative. Let's take an example and pull some basic data from the responses.

The first survey question we asked was: What do you think of Soulmates?

Thousands of members responded (thank you!) to this question. The results are below:


What do you think of "soulmates"?
Number of replies
Everybody has multiple soulmates
17.6%
Everybody has one soulmate
42.3%
People become soulmates by building a life together
34.0%
Soulmates are a fantasy
6.1%
Total:
100%

The overall answers tell us that the majority of respondents believe that everyone has one soulmate. Perhaps not very surprising. Although things get a little more interesting when the answers are broken down by gender:
What do you think of "soulmates"?
MenWomen
Everybody has multiple soulmates
20.8%
13.5%
Everybody has one soulmate
42.1%
45.7%
People become soulmates by building a life together
30.4%
35.3%
Soulmates are a fantasy
6.6%
5.5%
Total:
100%

42% of females think that everyone has only one soulmate, while nearly 46% of men do. Not a huge difference, but a bit interesting nonetheless. The idea of soulmates is a fairly romanticized concept. Perhaps the fact that both men and women believe, in equal numbers, that each person has one soulmate suggests that men are a little more romantic and relationship-oriented than they're often given credit for?

Moving on…nearly seven percent of women think soulmates are a fantasy. Just over five percent of men feel the same way. Again, no big difference between the genders. Call it realism or call it cynicism, but our survey results suggest that there are very few people who DON’T believe in soulmates.

What does that say about our hope for the future, for finding that one true love? Love is what most of us are looking for here on the TangoWire network, so, hopefully, no what gender or orientation you are, you’ll see a little silver lining in this data. Other people believe in love, too.

Have a great week, and leave comments below!

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