Do women really only want to date hot guys?

Plenty of Fish is one of the world’s most popular dating sites. There’s an interesting thread of videos on youtube consisting of disgruntled guys who have used this site moaning about their lack of responses from girls. One ex-user of the site (Steve Sanders) even conducted what can be termed a ‘layman’s field experiments’ to establish why […]

With 450 000 apprenticeship starts last year – Is Unemployment really going down?

You may have noticed the latest headline figures on unemployment –  which, according to the ONS,  declined by 35,000 in the three months to March to 2.65 million. The Guardian article above also points out that youth unemployment also declined slightly, by 9,000 in the three months to February, leaving a total of 1.03 million […]

Call centres – The New Dark Satanic Mills?

Check out this job posting from Reed Employment Services ‘Spanish plus another language Customer Service Executive- Edinburgh £14,000 – Working 40 hours per week based in Sighthill, Edinburgh Our client is a market leading outsource contact centre who provides an array of sophisticated customer management solutions to major international companies around the world, primarily in […]

Black Britons – pulling together and away?

Got my methods hat on – getting ready for the next module – very nice example I just found that illustrates the usefuleness of open questions (qualitative) over closed questions – taken from a semi-structured interview done for the Guardian’s and LSE’s ‘reading the riots’ in which black britons are questioned about whether they feel […]

The Mobile Phone = the Bike Shed?

The Mobile Phone = The Bike Shed: Children, Sex and Mobile Phones should amuse your students – it’s based on a sample of 30 11-17 olds and it explores territory that many students will be familiar with – using mobile phones to explore their sexualities – in layman’s terms this translates in discussing dating, the etiquet of […]

children’s books and symbolic annihilation

Children’s books are almost twice as likely to feature a male central character as a female one, leading to a symbolic annihilation of women according to a recent US study. Researchers from Florida State University looked at 6000 children’s books published between 1900 and 2000 and found that males are respresented 1.6 times more than females as […]

Are the British Public illogical or is the British Social Attitudes Survey simply a waste of money?

It has to be one or the other…. or maybe this is just a good example of how the way you phrase a questions, and the broader context in which those questions are set, influence responses in questionnaires. I blogged a week ago on some of the findings of the chapter on peoples beliefs about ‘meritocracy’ – […]