AskMen.com recently polled their readers to investigate who and what is “the modern man.” I read about the survey and results over at the ChurchRelevance Blog.
The survey-site is NOT a church-related site, so I like that the results are “un-biased” and we can get a clearer-picture of what the opinions outside the church are today. I would assume that many of these results would be similar inside the church, too, though.
What makes a man a manly man in 2008?
52% say, “Being a good father and/or husband who takes care of his family.”
19% say, “Being a leader and motivator.”
16% say, “Having many skills, like the ability to fix things.”
7% say, “Being charismatic and popular.”
4% say, “Being a great seducer and/or lover.”
2% say, “Being wealthy.”
Have rumors of a recession affected your spending habits?
47% say, “No, I’m still spending the way I always have.”
40% say, “Yes, I’ve tightened up my budget to meet increasing prices.”
13% say, “Yes, I’ve tightened up my budget to put emergency money aside.”
Do you believe in marriage?
70% say, “Yes, I believe it is a necessary institution, and one that I will participate in to help preserve.”
20% say, “No, I don’t believe in it strongly but I’ll probably end up getting married anyway.”
6% say, “Yes, I believe in it as an institution, but it’s not for me.”
4% say, “No, I think it’s a dead institution.”
Should a couple live together before marriage?
60% say, “Yes, it is a good test to put the relationship through before marriage.”
21% say, “Yes, living together is pretty casual.”
10% say, “No, a man should enjoy his freedom while he can.”
9% say, “No, it is not morally acceptable.”
If there was no chance your partner would find out, would you cheat on her?
37% say, “No, I might be tempted, but I love and respect her too much.”
32% say, “No, I might be tempted, but cheating violates my morals.”
15% say, “Yes, but I would feel guilty nonetheless.”
13% say, “Yes, she can’t be hurt if she doesn’t know about it.”
3% say, “Yes, I already cheated on her.”
How old were you when you lost your virginity? (67% as a teenager)
2% at 12 or younger
2% at 13 (7th/8th grade)
4% at 14 (8th/9th grade)
7% at 15 (11th/10th grade)
13% at 16 (10th/11th grade)
15% at 17 (11th/12th grade)
15% at 18 (12th grade)
9% at 19
Some Other Interesting Stats
69% are concerned about the effects of global warming.
66% say a man should never stop playing video games.
55% of men don’t play fantasy football.
24% consume 0 alcoholic drinks each week.
13% never send text messages.