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An Interest Confirmed – results

A little while ago, we invited all our registered users to participate in a short survey, asking what made you interested in naturism in the first place. As promised, here are the findings. We cannot claim that this survey was anyway scientific, and while the results are perhaps not unexpected, I hope you will find them interesting just the same.

Once duplications and failed attempts to participate were eliminated, we had 107 replies, which is 27.6 percent of all registered users. However, it should be noted that we did not get 107 answers for both questions. This is because of the way the survey was

6 Responses to An Interest Confirmed – results

  • I didn’t participate in your survey because I didn’t fit into the categories indicated by the available responses; others might have felt the same. Regarding the first question, I got involved in social nudism, or naturism if you prefer, simply to satisfy my curiosity. Without realizing it I had been a nudist from an early age, but I didn’t know exactly what characteristics defined a nudist. It was only after my wife died 12 years ago that I finally decided that I should find out if my preference to be nude when practical might mean that I was a nudist without realizing it. Consequently I visited a nearby nude club and discovered that I should have done so a long time ago.

    Regarding the second question, I stayed simply because I enjoyed it, and felt that was where I belonged. Perhaps there should have been a choice of “Other”, along with some space to elaborate in your survey.

    • Thanks Bill. I wanted the survey to be the least off putting as possible and thought originally that an open question like that would deter people. I was so wrong. It does make analysis more difficult though, but that is a small price to pay for better, more accurate results. So yes, “other” will be an answer used in the future.

  • Interesting results. I’m happy with the format that they are presented in. As the article mentions, its a learning process with using online survey tools among other things. A follow up exercise in a year or so might well be worth it.

    I was introduced to social nudity through a friend being from a nudist family and my partner grew up in a naturist family, so our introductions to this way of life were covered. She has continued to live naked whenever possible and I couldn’t see the point of clothing once I’d realised how great social nudity is. I think we’re covered by the option of being accepted by others and a feeling that we belong among like-minded people.

    Spreading the word about our lifestyle in a good way is always to be welcomed. We feel that Youtube is not worth considering if we have to ‘pretend’ that we’re embarrassed/ashamed of our nudity, Vimeo has a more enlightened approach that could be used well to promote our preference for nudity in a positive light.

  • I found the format of the questions rather limiting in that none of the options fully reflected my experience. However, nothing is wasted if we all learn from it, and I hope more surveys, better constructed and more widely publicised, will follow; and lead to better knowledge of the subject, so that it leads somewhere in terms of furthering naturist acceptance and finding ways of encouraging people to try it for themselves.

    • That’s the plan Duncan.

  • A useful first try. I agree with other responders that the catagories did not reflect my experience, particularly since I went actively to find nude venues, having been aware since a very early age that nudity was in my genes.

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