+The Rat Posted July 20, 2017 Share Posted July 20, 2017 The title is not meant to imply anything negative (or positive) about women. I merely got curious about whether women like to puzzle cache as much as men. In other words, are puzzle caches primarily a "guy thing." So I visited two large geocaching facebook groups that had a list of members' true names and geocaching names. I then viewed their profiles and recorded how many total finds they had and how many of those were puzzles. People who list their names in such groups are probably more serious about geocaching than the average geocacher, so I'm not claiming this set of data represents the universe of geocachers, but I think it's reasonably representative in percentages, if not in absolute numbers. There were 64 women and 89 men used to make the comparison. I eliminated anyone whose sex I could not tell from the name (e.g. Lee, Shawn) or who had mixed sounding names (e.g. SmithFamily). It turns out women do have a lower percentage of their finds in the puzzle category. See the chart below. The .25 line means 25% of the finds for a cacher were puzzle caches. On average women have less than 10% of their finds. With men it's slightly more than 10%. The Male/Female comparison is shown in pink and blue on the left. While I was at it, I compared those of either sex who have found less than 5000 caches with those who found more than 5000. There were approximately equal numbers in those two categories. That's the chart on the right in teal and red. Every cacher in the study has a mark in each pair. It seems that those with more than 5000 finds have a higher percentage of puzzle caches. That seems counterintuitive to me. I'd be curious if others have opinions on this. 1 Quote Link to comment
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