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Sunday, May 16th, 2010 11:22 am
My survey for my dissertation research was launched at 9:34 pm on Friday, May 14, 2010. At that time I posted it to this community, my own journal, my twitter and Facebook. Several of my friends shared it with their friends and by the morning I had my first twenty responses. My next step was to search out LiveJournal and Dreamwidth communities for anthropology, fandom and conventions, contact the moderators and ask permission to post my little intro and survey link to their communities. Yesterday I heard back from 3 of the 20 I contacted initially. So, I now have posts up at Constrictcon's LJ, Anthrocon's LJ and Forums, and San Diego Comic Con's LJ. [personal profile] archersangel was also kind enough to crosspost to Geek Girls and [livejournal.com profile] goodbyemyfancy suggested I contact the people at Fandom Research, who have promised to post/twitter my blurb on Monday.

From this limited publicity I jumped to 128 responses this morning (90 completed and 38 partial at the time I checked). Here are some initial statistics from this sample:


The average age was 27 years old. Oldest respondent was 55 and the youngest 14. For those of statistical mind, the mode (most frequently occurring) was 23 and median was 25.5. 6 respondents didn't give age.

For biological sex, respondents broke down to 53.12% Female and 40.62% male, with 6.25% choosing not to answer.

Sexual orientation is distributed with 46.88% straight, 14.84% lesbian/gay, 20.31% bisexual, 10.16% other, and 7.81% not answering. Other responses included asexual, pansexual, queer, different per situation and no label.

There were 89 respondents from America, 9 from Canada, 7 from the United Kingdom, 3 from Australia, 2 from Poland, 2 from New Zealand and 1 each from Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Sweden. 10 didn't answer.

47% gave level of education as Undergraduate, 21% as High School and 20% as Graduate School.

85% of respondents were Caucasian, 2% African American, 2% Hispanic, 9% Asian or Pacific Islander, 6% Native American, with 1 Middle Eastern respondent.

Of the respondents, 74% attend conventions, 11% don't and 15% didn't answer.


Overall, I've had some very good, positive feedback and some wonderful responses. The only negative criticisms I've had have been about wording of questions. When I could, I've gone back and clarified some questions, but I can't add additional questions or answers at this point. I'm rather looking forward to seeing how the demographics turn out. I like how user-friendly LimeSurvey is, but I can't wait to export the final results into SPSS.

Thank you again to everyone who has participated so far. I'm overwhelmed by how supportive people have been of my research. I can't wait to see the final results in a year.