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Facebook and Gender Ratios

Only a cold-hearted scientist can take their friends and turn them into numbers. Courtesy of the Friend Facts Facebook app, I have the following statistics regarding my Facebook friends:

Gender breakdown: 33% female / 67% male
Relationship status: 57% single / 43% taken
Political breakdown: 97% democrats / 3% republicans
Geographic distribution: 12 countries, 24 states
Most common zodiac sign: Aries (20 friends)
Favorite music: Pink Floyd (16 friends)
Favorite TV show: House (17 friends)
Favorite movie: Fight Club (12 friends)
Favorite book: The God Delusion (21 friends)
Favorite activity: Reading (23 friends)

Now, my Facebook friends are pretty much entirely comprised of skeptical people because they come seeking me because I’m mildly Internet-“famous”. Of course, these are mostly skeptics who like me (there are some who don’t) so it’s biased in that way, but humor me for a little bit.

I’m unsurprised but highly amused by the most common activity, book, and TV show. I’m mildly surprised by the political distribution although I’d have suspected it. However, since this app does not take into account the Libertarians I must be friends with, I’m going to go ahead and assume I generally only piss off the socially conservative of the fiscally conservative population.

But I suspected all along that you shifty Aries were more disposed towards skepticism of astrology!

What’s really bothering me, though, is the gender ratio. From what I’ve heard, TAM 7 (or was it 6? I’ve forgotten already) also had a similar ratio. Most skeptics were saying that was only because women aren’t as inclined towards going to conferences and that outside of the conference the ratio was more balanced, but I didn’t meet all these people at TAM.

Seeing that I’m a blogger, however, perhaps it is true that the number of skeptics in general has a balanced gender ratio but women are less interested in skeptical activism.

But, of course, this is just my Facebook and I’m but one person. I can only speculate a little.

Now, this isn’t very scientific, but I’m just a little bit curious. I’d like anybody reading this with a Facebook to use this app and post your stats in the comments.

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4 Comments

  1. September 29, 2009 at 12:26 am —

    Gender breakdown: 59% female / 41% male
    Relationship status: 57% single / 43% taken
    Political breakdown: 58% democrats / 42 % republicans
    Geographic distribution: 4 countries, 12 states
    Most common zodiac sign: Virgo (15 friends)
    Favorite music: The Beatles (11 friends)
    Favorite TV show: House (17 friends)
    Favorite movie: Harry Potter (8 friends)
    Favorite book: Harry Potter (16 friends)
    Activity: Reading (9 friends)

    The data’s pretty wrong, though. I know for a fact that several of my friends are Libertarians, and “taken” teenagers don’t really count, anyway. 😉

    The Harry Potter makes me sad, though.

  2. September 29, 2009 at 4:59 am —

    I wasn’t going to add this app, since I’m trying to reduce my number of stupid facebook apps, but here goes:

    Geographic distribution: 5 countries, 6 states
    Gender breakdown: 51% female / 49% male
    Relationship status: 57% single / 43% taken
    Political breakdown: 89% democrats / 11% republicans
    Most common zodiac sign: Gemini (25 friends)
    Favorite music: Metallica (5 friends)
    Favourite TV show: House (9 friends)
    Favourite Movie: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (3 friends)
    Favourite Book: Harry Potter (2 friends)
    Favourite Activity: Work (5 friends)

    Um, I think very few of my friends have added or share their information with me. And I think the relationship status stat calculator is broken.

  3. Croobie
    September 29, 2009 at 6:15 am —

    Gender breakdown: 60% female / 40% male
    Relationship status: 57% single / 43% taken
    Political breakdown: 61% democrats / 39% republicans
    Geographic distribution: 1 countries, 5 states
    Most common zodiac sign: Gemini (15 friends)
    Favorite music: Evanescence (7 friends)
    Favorite TV show: Family Guy (16 friends)
    Favorite movie: Iron Man (7 friends)
    Favorite book: Harry Potter (8 friends)
    Favorite activity: Reading (5 friends)

    The Harry Potter doesn’t surprise me. One of my friends is kinda famous on the HP con circuit. And the geographic distribution isn’t right, because one of my friends lives in Japan (permanently, not just visiting).
    Funny thing, I ran this app just before reading this post.

  4. exarch
    October 6, 2009 at 8:11 am —

    So, overall more guys want to be friends with you than girls. How is that surprising you?

    I doubt the difference is due to gender ratios among skeptics in general, and more due to gender preferences among those who befriend you, skeptic or not …

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