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Why, when and where do boys go shirtless?

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This poll is to find out why, when and where boys generally take their shirts off.

Are you male?

99% (2532) Yes
0% (17) No (please leave)

2549 voters have answered this question.

How old are you?

2% (62) under 11
11% (304) 11-12
27% (712) 13-14
23% (595) 15-16
13% (356) 17-18
13% (361) 19-20
7% (190) over 20 (please leave)

2580 voters have answered this question.

Do you ever go shirtless in public?

66% (1698) Yes
33% (870) No

2568 voters have answered this question.

If so, what is usually the main reason for this?

16% (343) To cool down
5% (111) It's less sweaty
4% (88) I can move more easily
8% (191) I like the feeling of the warm sun on my chest
6% (139) To get a tan
9% (203) To fit in with others (i.e. friends go shirtless first)
16% (345) To show off my body
33% (713) Never thought about it - just what boys do when it's hot, same as wearing shorts

2133 voters have answered this question.

Which of the following applies the most?

44% (1127) I take my shirt off as soon as I'm hot
6% (163) I wait until my shirt is soaked in sweat before taking it off
16% (419) I wait until someone I'm with takes their shirt off before doing the same
17% (452) I take my shirt off only for swimming
14% (374) I never take my shirt off

2535 voters have answered this question.

Are you comfortable being shirtless in front of your mother?

48% (1234) Yes
51% (1308) No

2542 voters have answered this question.

Are you comfortable being shirtless in front of your father?

55% (1396) Yes
44% (1128) No

2524 voters have answered this question.

Are you comfortable being shirtless in front of your sister(s)?

49% (1205) Yes
50% (1253) No

2458 voters have answered this question.

Are you comfortable being shirtless in front of your brother(s)?

66% (1628) Yes
33% (838) No

2466 voters have answered this question.

Are you comfortable being shirtless in front of your male friends/peers?

54% (1369) Yes, regardless
28% (720) Only those whom I know well
17% (442) No

2531 voters have answered this question.

Are you comfortable being shirtless in front of your female friends/peers?

36% (938) Yes, regardless
25% (659) Only those whom I know well
37% (940) No

2537 voters have answered this question.

You go to the beach on a hot day with family. Do you take your shirt off?

50% (1294) Definitely, straight away
7% (196) Only if I got very hot later
18% (476) Only if to swim in the sea
1% (40) Only when sunbathing
0% (21) Only if running around
20% (519) No

2546 voters have answered this question.

You go to the beach on a hot day with friends. Do you take your shirt off?

56% (1429) Definitely, straight away
17% (436) Only if some friends were already shirtless
2% (76) Only if I got very hot later
7% (198) Only if to swim in the sea
0% (22) Only when sunbathing
0% (10) Only if running around
14% (365) No

2536 voters have answered this question.

You're casually playing football ('soccer' to Americans) in the park with friends and you get hot. Do you take your shirt off?

25% (637) Yes, definitely
18% (471) I'd be shirtless already, before letting myself get too hot
22% (571) Only if some friends were already shirtless
6% (155) I'd wait until my shirt was soaked in sweat
27% (682) No

2516 voters have answered this question.

You're playing a friendly game of tennis and you get hot. Do you take your shirt off?

27% (691) Yes, definitely
16% (402) I'd already be shirtless before allowing myself to get too hot
15% (390) Only if my opponent was already shirtless
0% (25) Only if my opponent has his shirt on
5% (130) I'd wait until my shirt was soaked with sweat
4% (121) I'd wait until I'd finished playing and take my shirt off then
29% (751) No

2510 voters have answered this question.

You're walking along the pavement/sidewalk outside on a hot day. Might you take your shirt off?

32% (808) In most cases, yes
1% (31) More likely to if with family
9% (229) More likely to if with friends
9% (244) More likely to if with all males
1% (48) More likely to if with all females
13% (342) More likely to if alone
32% (802) No

2504 voters have answered this question.

Which applies the best to you?

19% (491) I'm muscular and often shirtless outside
8% (219) I'm muscular and occasionally shirtless outside
4% (104) I'm muscular an never shirtless outside
12% (317) I'm thin and often shirtless outside
20% (506) I'm thin and occasionally shirtless outside
17% (430) I'm thin and never shirtless outside
2% (72) I'm fat and often shirtless outside
5% (134) I'm fat and occasionally shirtless outside
8% (218) I'm fat and never shirtless outside

2491 voters have answered this question.

Do you parents encourage you to take your shirt off when you're hot?

16% (399) They encourage me, so I do
8% (212) They encourage me, but I don't
0% (17) They discourage me, so I don't
2% (53) They discourage me, but I often anyway in front of them
3% (96) They discourage me, so I only do it when they're not around
31% (771) They don't comment either way, but I do
21% (538) They don't comment, but I don't
12% (318) I'm frightened of what they'd say/think if I did, so I don't
2% (72) I'm frightened of what they'd say/think if I didn't, so I do

2476 voters have answered this question.

Does your mother ever comment on your muscles?

14% (364) Yes, but I don't mind at all
13% (339) Yes, but it's embarrassing
18% (447) No, but she knows I'm muscular and often sees me shirtless
52% (1288) No, because I'm not muscular

2438 voters have answered this question.

Does your father ever comment on your muscles?

19% (465) Yes, but I don't mind at all
8% (196) Yes, but it's embarrassing
19% (475) No, but he knows I'm muscular and often sees me shirtless
53% (1308) No, because I'm not muscular

2444 voters have answered this question.

What do you usually do with your shirt once you've taken it off when you're outside?

24% (567) Throw it onto the ground to collect later
5% (133) Tie it around my waist
12% (298) Tuck it into my trousers/shorts
10% (246) Hang it over my shoulder(s)
1% (30) Tie it around my neck
12% (287) Put it in a bag
28% (646) Leave it on a chair or something to collect later
4% (97) I usually pull it backwards over my head so that it's still on my arms, even though my chest is exposed

2304 voters have answered this question.

Where do you live?

10% (265) United Kingdom
0% (12) Ireland
53% (1326) United States
4% (112) Canada
5% (130) Australia
1% (27) New Zealand
1% (30) South Africa
3% (78) Singapore
1% (49) Latin America
0% (7) Caribbean
4% (116) Elsewhere in Europe
7% (184) Elsewhere in Asia
0% (6) Elsewhere in Africa
5% (137) other

2479 voters have answered this question.

Once you've taken your shirt off, when is it likely to go back on?

10% (238) My shirt comes off only for a quick cool-down and then goes back on
6% (153) My shirt comes off for sport and goes back on when I've finished
13% (324) As soon as it's cool enough
31% (731) As soon as I feel too cold without it
19% (451) When others in my group put theirs back on
19% (446) When I'm told to put it back on

2343 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2006-01-02 23:01:18 by desolé
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