Totally Reliable Survey Data on Birthdays


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I hate drive time radio. I am not a morning person. I do not want to listen to vapid chatter as I drag myself to work each day.

Nevertheless, I did follow the link when a brief post by an Indiana radio station discussed a “new recent study on birthdays” that “had some interesting results.”

Furthering my annoyance with radio talk show hosts, there was no citing of the source of the study. Only the giphys were remotely sourced (as being “via Giphy”).

But with that vent out of the way, I’m not going to let the lack of authority of the source get in the way of my blogging a response to Jayson’s summary of the findings. After all, I simply must weigh in with my full distress to learn that “most people stop celebrating their birthday at age 31.”
Apparently, Jayson reports, after 31:

  • “People don’t want to be the center of attention and don’t like the idea of thinking about getting old.”
  • “In fact, only one in five people never have another birthday party after age 30.” OK, that one I shouldn’t have quoted since it’s so grammatically glaring. Presumably he is saying that only 1 in 5 people will have another birthday party after 30.

Oh, and most shocking to me? “Those with August and March birthdays go all out to celebrate while September, October and June birthdays are less likely to celebrate their b-days at all.”

Here’s an October birthday girl blogging exclusively about birthdays. You can bet I like to celebrate despite what other birthday shirkers want to do.

The study further found:

  • People on average receive eight cards, 10 well wishes on social media and five presents
  • Two out of three people get a cake on their b-day.
  • Weekend getaways with a spouse, dinner with the family, and a movie night at home with take-out food are the most common ways to celebrate.

These researchers sound like my kind of peeps! I only wish the blogger had offered even a few details about the study source for me to be able to track it down.

In the meantime, I am conducting my own informal research. Click this six-question survey to help me out.







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