Just one person spending huge amounts and skewing the average. Now, who's the MP for Upminster I wonder, I think we should demand to see his expenses!
The most sexually obsessed town in the UK is officially Upminster, according to an important new interactive mapping survey. If you prefer to participate in quieter, less salacious weekend and after-hours activities, the wilds of Scotland, rural Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire might better suit your temperament. Upminster was …
Upminster. Bangor. These names can't be a coincidence.
Aside - I remember an English lesson in the third form (Year 9 for the youngsters), when we were discussing "Under Milk Wood". Our teacher mentioned in passing that there was quite a bit of inbreeding on Anglesey before the Menai Bridge was built as, in his words, "people couldn't get across to Bangor very often." To this day I don't know if that was deliberate. Mr Johnson - if you're reading, please put me out of my misery.
.. non-research as discussed in Ben Goldacres' Bad Science!
The information is "as a result of research put together by lovehoney.co.uk" - it's a couple of months before Christmas and just after the clocks have changed. It's launched into the ether hoping that media morons will pick it up and spread it without any critical analysis !
No doubt it'll be splashed over the Sun, NoTW and others .....
If this was really research it would be published in a relevant journal and subject to peer review !
Paris - because she probably has a best friend in Upminster.....
Actually, frank, they claim they used census stats to get back to a sensible average.
Yes: I agree that the map suggests something weird is going on in Upminster...and its probably data weirdness, rather than an actual aspect of the average Upminsterian's sexuality...but I'd still like to know.
As someone who has done serious data analysis in the past, I would love to get my paws on this data and do some sort of geodemographic overlay. Yes...such analysis will throw up all manner of epiphenomena - such as the finding I made many years back of an association between reading Playboy and being an HSBC customer! - but might also reveal some interesting social stuff.
As for the status of this data...it is what it is. Its not really research: its just the data from the lovehoney accounting system matched to a couple of geo bases (including population counts) and overlaid with a slightly greasy text generator.
It'll be quirky, as I bet they haven't taken the trouble to clean the data and examine outliers properly...but so long as you don't apply too much weight to it, its all just a bit of fun.
Mr Logic says this is bad science, the data does not support the inferences drawn from it, there is inadequate peer review, this is not the appropriate forum, etc, etc.
Crawl back under your stone Mr Logic, humour and sex are not the sorts of things you should be attempting to understand.
Otherwise, Reg, keep it coming !!!
First this is not bloody science, it is *market* research. It is also made by a company which does not operate physical shops, so bear that in mind. It is publicity for them, and a bit of fun for the rest of us.
As to £6.25 average, youfailto note with what frequency? It is like saying I spend an average of £5 on condoms for example. Is this monthly or annually?
If the data was only taken from a short period, such as a month or two, then it is quite possible some particularly large purchases skewed this. Nowhere did it say what time period this was over however.
On the whole though don't take it so seriously.
If you do, everyone living in an above-average town will automatically go onto some goddamned database, perhaps called "potential preverts". (The misspelling is deliberate.) I can just see the usual smarmy NuLabour PR gush about the government working to prevent sexual terrorism.
It strikes me that what Britain needs, desperately, is a government that doesn't take itself so seriously. Bring back the Monster Raving Loony Party!
Who needs Love Honey products? (Can I rant about Anne summers too while I am here??)
You can turn anything into a pervert able, cooking paddles, pegs, scarf etc
It is what you do that counts, not what kit you have!
The best kit you can have is your hands!
Although on a tech note, I would like someone to invent a Bluetooth controlled vibe so that you can tell your other half to use it and send a trigger via email :) Please don't tell me that there is one out there!?!?!?!
Paris, because she has not brain, no kit and frankly no idea!
There are now a whole range of remotely controllable vibes out there...activatable off mobiles, pc's and even via second life im'ing.
That's even before you stray into urban myth territory, switch your mobile to silent/vibrate on...and get your best friend to phone you at regular intervals during the day.
The field is known as "teledildonics"...for obvious reasons.
Ok, I accept the publicity angle an' all. But has no one considered an inverse interpretation? Should the largest uptake (ooerr missus) of products indicate the location of the most deprived rather than most depraved of the populace? Perhaps the lowest score (eek!) represent the true seat (ouch!) of expertise, indulgence and satisfaction.
(Batteries not included)
Erm, if you read the article properly then it is inferred to be annually, since they mention that in Upminster the spend is "£62.40 per year for each and every adult" in the following sentance. Also, it has nothing to do with science, loose inferences have been drawn from statistical data rather than a full analytical study which could border on science - espcially if combined with a socio-demigraphic study etc.
Anyone who's actually visited Upminster (where the only accoutrements needed to pull are a ford fiesta and a nice fresh bag of chips) might well be saying "aaah yes" at these figures. I can only assume the sex aids in question are going to be used as a supplement to Mrs Palmer and her five lovely daughters, as the idea of any actual car-seat battering with an Upminsterian is a thought way to horrible to contemplate. Presumably a free supply of especially robust and opaque bags are supplied for any actually dumb enough to make the beast with two backs with their spouse/neighbour/the chip-guzzler they picked up in the local.
It should be noted that "dogging" has a slightly different meaning in Upminster.
Paris, cos she'd NEVER go to Upminster.
Google map resolution 300m. So if you live in an area where houses are more than 300m apart then the purchasing household can be uniquely determined. MPs seem to like mansions and large gardens, very large gardens judging from some of the gardening bills, so perhaps their sexual pecadilloes can now be examined as well as their expenses.
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