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What's bad behaviour?

Taking the latest YouGov survey I was asked how many times I had done any of the following in the last 12 months
Lied to a friend to get your own way
Cheated at a game
Stolen something from a shop or your place of work
Had a sexual fantasy about someone who is not your partner
Seriously exaggerated something on your CV
Failed to help someone properly when they have asked for your help
Acted ungenerously towards someone who considers you a friend
Shouted at somebody who didn’t deserve to be shouted at
Taken credit for the work someone else has done
Purposefully humiliated someone
Gone at least three consecutive days without taking a bath or shower

That's a interesting lack of distinction between action and intent, and in terms of the fantasy question, a major understanding on what fidelity and normal sexual thinking might be. Do they view a fantasy of Tasty Celebrity Of Your Choice as being equivalent to the other behaviours which are weasel-like and harmful? Many people have a wide sexual imagination and there's nothing wrong with that, and per researchers from Hite to Friday and beyond, it is in no way a gateway behaviour to adultery.

And past the 'good' behaviours and on into something that's midway between culture and self-gratification, would you expect this list to belong together? And if you did them one after another, what kind of a day would that be?
Gone to a football match
Signed a petition
Gone to see an opera
Spent more than £200 on clothes in a single shop
Gone jogging
Washed your car by hand
Baked a cake
Bought a hat
Gone to the doctor
Shampooed the carpet in your house
Dyed your hair

And who are they looking for with these questions?
I watch more than 2 hours of TV per day
I am a haemophiliac
I am one of triplets
I drive a left-hand drive car
I speak two or more languages fluently
I am colour-blind
I grow my own vegetables
I live in a hamlet
I have spent a holiday in Lesotho
I live on a houseboat

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tamaranth
14th Feb, 2008 23:05 (UTC)
The 'bad behaviour' questions are imbalanced (I cheat at PocketCiv: there's a 'Cheat - See Enemy Cities' option :) that's the only way I survive top level.) And define 'acted ungenerously'?

I am seriously uneasy about opera-going and spending £200+ being in the same list. For a lot of people, opera-going is (a) a bit elitist or (b) a treat.

As for the holiday on a houseboat in Lesotho, you can't help wondering if they are trying to de-anonymise the survey by asking questions that will produce a unique combination of answers!
marypcb
15th Feb, 2008 19:39 (UTC)
spending £200 at a time feels a bit elitist too ;-)
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