I love statistics (a fact I’ve mentioned before). I love data and charts and graphs and polls. Hence the weekly polls and my fascination with things likes demographic trends and representative samples.
So imagine my delight when I got an email with all of this (silly) poll data from match.com. I nearly jumped for joy. It seems match has gotten into the habit of asking their members lots of questions and then spitting back the results. Now, a quick word – They make statements about “singles” based on the data from these polls, but of course that’s not appropriate. These are opt in polls on a for fee online dating service, so surely they can’t be representative samples of all singles. But still, they’re fun.
So this email was football/Superbowl themed. Lots of silly stats related to the Superbowl (which made me think, hasn’t that happened already?). Here’s one that jumped out at me. 40% of singles want their significant other to have a mutual interest in sports, but 80% said they would still date someone who didn’t know what teams were playing in the Super Bowl.
This got me to thinking of all of those online profiles you read where people are defining themselves by their sports teams and their hobbies. As if that was the magic secret. That all it takes was a common interest in the Mets and skiing and you were destined for happily ever after.
Now, I really don’t care one way or the other, if a guy likes the sports I like, or if has a bunch of hobbies that I don’t care for. As long as there’s a couple of things we enjoy doing together (other than eating and sex) then I’m cool.