What do you end up doing when no-one else is around? (Sample size=516, female)

Rank Score
1 Fart 100
2 Pick my nose 70.0
3 Leave the door open when using the toilet 67.0
4 Spread my legs 63.9
5 Pluck stray hairs 59.6
6 Vocalise while yawning 50.4
7 Talk to myself 50.0
8 Fantasise 47.8
9 Nibble on a snack 47.4
10= Sit in a funny pose 45.2
10= Clean my ears 45.2
12 Sing along with my iPod 43.9
13 Check my figure 43.0
14 Laugh out loud at manga 43.0
15= Check for body odour 33.5
15= Stretch 33.5
17 Check my smile, pose in the mirror 33.0
18 Surf the net during work 26.1
19 Fix my make-up 23.5
20 Swim in the onsen 23.0
21 Crack my knuckles 20.4
22 Sing in the bath 18.7
23 Doze off in the office 13.5
24 Pick at my nails 12.2
25 Letch over my favourite photographs 11.7
26 Jiggle my legs 10.4
27 Steal a doggie bag from the buffet 9.1
28 Cut my nails 8.3
29 Read a book out loud 7.4
30 Shout 5.7

What do you end up doing when no-one else is around? (Sample size=528, male)

Rank Score
1 Fart 100
2 Pick my nose 97.3
3 Clean my ears 20.0
4= Leave the door open when using the toilet 17.6
4= Loosen my tie 17.6
6= Talk to myself 16.9
6= Vocalise while yawning 16.9
8 Spread my legs 16.5
9 Surf the net during work 15.3
10 Fantasise 14.5
11 Sing along with my iPod 14.0
12 Crack my knuckles 13.0
13 Stretch 11.8
14 Doze off in the office 10.7
15 Swim in the onsen 9.5
16= Jiggle my legs 9.3
16= Laugh out loud at manga 9.3
18 Check for body odour 9.1
19 Pluck stray hairs 8.5
20 Pick at my nails 8.1
21 Check my figure 7.2
22 Nibble on a snack 6.8
23 Sit in a funny pose 6.4
24 Sing in the bath 5.8
25 Cut my nails 5.2
26 Check my smile, pose in the mirror 4.3
27 Letch over my favourite photographs 2.9
28 Shout 2.5
29 Read a book out loud 1.7
30 Steal a doggie bag from the buffet 1.6

Source: What Japan Thinks

The results are quite interesting. It seems that women participate in many activities when they are alone compared to men. It might be because Japanese women are more inhibited when they are in a company of others compared to men. Also it might be that men are just doing these activities regardless of presence of others.

P.S. Regarding the picture, can you identify the anime, the character, and the activity she is engaged in? ๐Ÿ˜›

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13 thoughts on “What Japanese Do When Nobody is Around?

  1. So apparently the Japanese release their, um, natural greenhouse gas emissions when no-one’s looking. Interesting . . .

    As for the character: Arai Chie, from SZS? Haven’t the foggiest idea what she’s up to in this scene (looks like she’s yawning, but that’s it).

  2. Yes, the emissions ranked quite high on both lists.

    Indeed, that is her ๐Ÿ™‚ It might look like she is yawning, but, if you examine her expression carefully, you’ll realize that she is doing something else ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Kiruxsuki,

    lol Yes, it certainly can – the picture is quite open to interpretation ๐Ÿ™‚

    – – –

    Kairu Ishimaru,

    Umm… No, it is some other activity – very addicting ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. I can agree with most of these, but the whole Vocalize while yawning kind of through me off… I bet from now I’m going to try that whenever I yawn though! X)

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