What men and women do for fun

February 6, 2004

What men and women do for fun

In the first-ever nationwide online Australian Pleasure Survey, 2,443 respondents answered what they enjoyed doing for summer, if their employer appreciated them, and how they wanted to be rewarded for a job well done.

It turns out that 73.0% of all respondents felt their employer generally or very much appreciated their efforts. But not if they got flowers! When asked what gift would be best for a job well done from their employer, flowers were perceived as the best reward by only 0.4% of women (and 0.2% of men), and nearly as unpopular were CD/DVD vouchers (1.2% and 1.7% respectively), movie vouchers (1.5% and 1.8% respectively) and food hampers (1.7% and 1.8% respectively).

The reward that 56.6% of you really want are fun things to do, such as a massage or a jet boat ride, with a dinner for two in second place (17.7%) and department store vouchers by 10.1% of all respondents.

And no surprises here: men and women enjoy their leisure time very differently which means you need to plan certain types of activities with your partner – and quite different ones for girlie get-together (of which 40.1% of all women compared to only 23.6% of men planned to do this summer).

The only favourite activities men and women seem to have in common are gourmet/ wine outings (of almost equal appeal to females and males (16.5% and 14.3% respectively), and outdoor/nature activities ( (22.5% and 27.1%). Fewer males (18.6%) than females (26.1%) want to go on romantic getaways, but at least they want to go!


The highest proportion of women (24.2%) chose pampering packages with other high-ranking choices being romantic getaways, dolphin/whale watching, adventure hot air ballooning, and not having to cook at all with the help of a personal chef all fantastic choices for a girlie get-together or hen’s event!

On the other hand, 12.2% of males voted for jet fighter flights as their favourite experience, with golf adventure, motor racing and, romantic getaways close behind.

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