So, mumblemumble months ago, I did a survey! And then I kind of forgot about analyzing the data! Sorry about that! But now I have remembered and there shall be a bunch of posts about what I have found.
First, raw statistics! Later, I will write a post on the results of the qualitative questions, and finally a post on interesting correlations and hypothesis testing.
The survey was taken by 460 people.
Assigned Sex At Birth
59.3% assigned male at birth
40.5% assigned female at birth
40.2% female-typical hormone balance
58.9% male-typical hormone balance
0.9% another hormone balance
(It is possible that “other” is overrepresented in this last question because of confusion about what ‘other’ means. It was intended to refer to trans people who take low-dose testosterone or estrogen.)
13.6% “I don’t know, this is confusing.”
5.7% obligate kinky
26.1% prefer kink but enjoy vanilla
19.7% slight preference for kink
14% indifferent between kink and vanilla
9.4% slight preference for vanilla
21.1% prefer vanilla but enjoy kink
3.9% obligate vanilla
Interest In Nonsexual BDSM
Topic Of Sexual Fantasies
28.3% mostly stories, emotions, character dynamics, etc.
23.2% mostly acts, physical appearances, etc.
43.6% an equal amount of both
Type of Porn Consumed
12.1% always visual
32.6% mostly visual
26.1% 50/50 visual and written porn
23.9% mostly written porn
5.4% always written porn
Age At First Sexual Interest
30.4% under ten
36.6% ten to twelve
24.8% thirteen to fifteen
5.1% sixteen to nineteen
3.1% over twenty
Did you have kinks, sexual fantasies, or sexual interests before you knew what sex was?
Would a picture of your sexual interests be safe for work?
Do you experience romantic attraction?
85.5% fantasies about romantic things happening with them
75.8% persistent, involuntary, and intrusive thoughts
71.7% sifting through their behavior or speech for signs they return your affection
67.6% collecting information about them
54.8% when thinking about them brain feels sparkly or like fireworks
54.6% shyness or fear around them
54.1% remembering romantic events that happened with them
45.9% crippling fear of rejection
44.2% talking about them all the time
37.9% difficulty saying words around them
20% self-insertion of self and them into romantic movies or literature
[The next questions were asked only of individuals who have experienced crush symptoms.]
Percentage of Crushes Where Crush Symptoms Are Experienced
41.1% Every time you have a crush
29.7% About three-quarters of your crushes
16.2% About half of your crushes
3.3% About a quarter of your crushes
9.6% Only a few of your crushes
Usual Duration of Crush Symptoms
4.8% For a few hours or a day
8.9% Ends before we start dating
7.9% Ends when we start dating
34.3% Less than six months into a relationship
15.2% Six months to a year into a relationship
7.3% More than a year
21.6% Never ends
Longest Duration of Crush Symptoms
2.6% For a few hours or a day
4.2% Ends before we start dating
6.5% Ends when we start dating
21.5% Less than six months into a relationship
13.4% Six months to a year into a relationship
17.6% More than a year
34.2% Never ends
Do you experience more symptoms or for a longer period if the person is more romantically desirable?
44% It doesn’t seem to matter
1.6% No, I experience them longer if the person is less romantically desirable
About what percentage of your partners have been someone you originally experienced crush symptoms for?
15.2% About three-quarters
20.4% About half
10.9% About a quarter
19% Very few
Desire For People One Experiences Crush Symptoms Towards To Return Affection
2.5% I actively prefer they don’t