Remember that Gloriously Glorious Unscientific Romance Reader Survey of 2006 we tried to run back in November? I finally got around to tabulating the data and crunching some numbers today. So far, I’ve only worked out the numbers for age and education, because those were the ones that interested me the most, but they’re pretty astounding.
The mean age is 30.44 years.
The mode is 21.
The median is 29.
77.65% of the Bitchery who responded have completed at least a Bachelor’s.
23.53% have a Bachelor’s and nothing else.
15.29% have completed some post-baccalaureate work.
24.71% have completed a non-doctorate post-baccalaureate degree.
4.71% are working on a PhD or MD.
4.71% have a PhD or MD.
100% of the respondents aged 18 to 21 are in college.
86.05% of the respondents between 22 and 35 have completed at least a bachelor’s.
86.96% of the respondents between 36 and 60 have completed at least a bachelor’s.
Say it with me, folks: Holy crapping damn.
However! There are big fat caveats all over this here study, kittens, so here are some reasons why this sample is No Good and Probably Not At All Representative of the Average Smart Bitch, Much Less the Average Romance Novel Reader:
1. It’s a self-selecting sample.
2. Method of data collection deeply flawed (if nothing else, the comments section might’ve influenced people to not post, especially if they felt shy because they didn’t conform to the existing respondents).
3. Preamble to the data collection (i.e., my rant about how romance readers are perceived as stupid) probably urged more of the over-educated among us to post.
But the numbers are still cool to look at, no?
More numbers to look at after I’m done massaging the data this weekend, and you’ll get to find out just how gay and/or godless and/or god-fearing our readership is—at least, the readership who bothered to respond to that survey.
Those of you with more extensive training in statistics and the social sciences: Interested in helping me design a more scientific survey with results that might, y’know, mean something? E-mail me, baby (candy @ smartbitchestrashybooks.com).