Engineer Romance: Geek Statistics Vs. Saint Valentine’s Day
To face February 14 fully prepared, we’ve conducted a massive survey. Back in January, we gathered information from 2,5 thousand of our colleagues in 10 countries to find out their IT experts’ attitude toward love and traditional romance.
Valentine’s day is an intricate time for a real geek. Even if they do not admit it to themselves.
They face a dreaded choice — to spend an evening (this year, a nice Thursday evening) with a smart and lovely person who seems to feel mutual affection for you, or in a pleasant company of your whole “clan” where they all undoubtedly like you and are waiting for you to embark (with you) on a long expected raid.
Our society seems to expect you to radiate positive emotions, be sentimental and romantic all at the same time. Marketers worldwide urge you not to limit yourself to your debit card when buying chocolate, flowers, hearts, and angels.
Radio stations take revenge on you by broadcasting compilations of good old day’s songs that might sound corny to your untrained ears.
In this noisy confusion, your soul especially needs peace and relaxation.
We’ve got some good news for you – we, at DataArt, are not like the rest. We don’t demand anything, only invite you to play Geeky Love at Skillotron.
In fact, we want to help you by providing you with useful statistics and advice from our experts.
Let this awful day pass most effectively. And let all geeks of the world have a chance to find true love of their life. If, of course, is what they really want.
How would you like this, Adele?!
We asked our colleagues 12 questions on love and love related cultural stereotypes.
- Love is a losing game,
- Baby, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more,
- Love is in the air, everywhere I look around,
- Love has no fear, love has no reason,
- And I… Will always love you
Relatively equal distribution of votes sets our mind at rest and reassures us of the state of mind of our colleagues.
The only conclusion, which can be made based on the answers to this question: at least 10 percent of respondents (music fans) certainly wish Amy Winehouse were known and appreciated a little bit more.
Only one painful breakup was enough for nearly a half of respondents to avoid repetition of similar traumatic experience in the future.
This number is impressive and, it seems to us, it can be explained by professional background of respondents.
Another 20% of our colleagues have proved to be good diplomats.
Among the remaining (“unlucky”) colleagues, almost one quarter are those who take life with very remarkable ease. Although we certainly cannot approve their choice, we are (fortunately) in no way authorized to judge them.
We can also note that, at DataArt, the percentage of heart breakers, who easily break up with their partners, exceeds by many times the employee turnover rate.
Our colleagues do not love drama – the majority prefer to overcome an emotional crisis by doing habitual, routine things.
In comments to the questionnaire, a limited “holy war” even broke out: colleagues argued which food better helped to recover from a relationship breakdown – pizza or ice cream. We also received an innovation proposal to add some romantic comedies to the Star War saga (have no objections).
After result calculation, there was a degree of confusion among us (the editorial staff) for some time. The average age in the company is 32. All our colleagues are somehow interested and involved in technologies. And, 55% of respondents have really failed so far to use dating portals (even at least for UX’s or UI’s sake).
However, we suspect that someone could be hiding the truth. Therefore, we included in the questionnaire two test questions to assess our colleagues’ knowledge of online dating slang.
27% of those who insisted that they had never used Tinder or any other dating site answered correctly to both questions. It seems quite suspicions to us, nonetheless, the survey was anonymous, and we simply cannot track our colleagues’ sources of information. Let’s believe that these results may be accounted for by our colleagues’ rich vocabulary and wide knowledge.
65% of respondents answered correctly, 17% confused Deepliking with the term of X-Factor, 14% chose for some reason Breadcrumbing, and 4% – Cuffing.
It proved not so simple with Ghosting, the correct answer was chosen only by 40% of the respondents. Many confused this dating behavior pattern with other (less polite) communication tactics: R-bombing and Zombieing (28% and 25% of answers, respectively).
By the way, the term R-Bombing was widely accepted thanks to the BlackBerry Messenger interface: when the recipient had seen a message, the letter R and a tick mark were highlighted on the sender’s screen.
However, this technology has recently been upgraded, and now such settings can be disabled on some devices.
Nearly half of our colleagues have already found their second half, and we, certainly, have no intention to interfere in their personal life.
10% are conspiracy theorists or just possess some information that is rather hidden from us. In any case, we cannot do anything about it.
13% of DataArt’s employees are single and happy (at the same time). If you (after all) would like to get acquainted with a lonely colleague and shake their commitment to loneliness, refer to information on this page.
17% of our colleagues are now trying to sort out their relationships, another 12% have some kind of relationship but nonetheless still are looking for a special someone (or longing for the true love of their life).
We sincerely believe that technologies tend to change this world for the better, so we made up our mind to go beyond the limits of “trivial” human-human romantic relationship and included in the survey questions regarding the ethical implications of a romance between a human and an artificial intelligence.
More than a half of respondents believe in human-robot romantic relationships, and 14% even consider themselves to be AIs. So, 45% of surveyed colleagues, who are convinced of the unique nature of romantic relationships between human beings, should be vigilant.
The overwhelming majority of our colleagues envisage romantic relations with an artificial intelligence in a quite pragmatic manner.
However, we can come at it from another angle: overcoming difficulties might constitute the very substance of their life.
Nearly a third of respondents pledged sectarian allegiance to Siri (which generally is a characteristic of Apple fans).
We did not pretend that the survey was not related to February 14. So, we bluntly asked our colleagues about their attitude toward St. Valentine's Day.
16% of respondents demonstrated a sharply negative attitude toward St. Valentine’s Day.
Hold on, guys! The Oscars Night will be held on February 24. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, the Pancake Week (Maslenitsa) is also looming on the horizon. Your main goal is to survive until May 4 (Star Wars Day), then to put a storm-trooper helmet on and, with a pure and calm soul, watch your favourite saga.
However many envisage St. Valentine’s Day as a chance to escape, even for a short while, from a daily routine.
We also asked, what people, who keep looking for love, need to do?
41% of respondents turned out to be good-hearted fatalists whose advice (which appeared in the end most popular) is to love yourself.
Then, in the blink of an eye, a haughty neighbor’s cat, the object of your affection, and even the rest of the world will follow you without hesitation. By the way, the modern psychotherapy endorse this thesis.
We sincerely hope that our statistics and advice will help you not only to cope successfully with the stress that you might experience on St. Valentine's Day, but also to find and save your true love.
We might be geeks, but our numbers are correct, and our hearts are generous.
DataArt sends all their love to all geeks of the world and invite you to celebrate St. Valentine's Day with us by taking our Geeky Love quiz on Skillotron.