Shipping Survey Questions

All questions are radio buttons unless otherwise noted. Notes are in black/italics. The survey diverges where you see red text.

General questions (these go to both shippers and non-shippers)

Do you consider yourself to be a fan (of anything)?

Are you currently or have you ever been “in a fandom”?

Do you or have you ever considered yourself to be “in fandom” more generally?

Are you familiar with the verb “to ship” (ie “shipping”) or the noun “ship” in the fannish context?

Define the noun “ship” in your own words. (free response)

Define the verb “to ship” in your own words. (free response)

Does it “count” as shipping: (people use radio buttons to pick: Yes / No / Sometimes / I don’t know)

How recently did you become aware of shipping?

Do you now, or have you ever in the past, shipped, engaged in behaviors you’d call “shipping,” or considered yourself “a shipper”?

Questions for self-identified shippers

What are your current ships, if any? (free response)

What have you shipped in the past? (free response)

Do you draw a distinction between actively shipping something and casually shipping something?

if the person doesn’t draw a distinction between types of shipping...

When you say you’re shipping something, what does that mean you personally are doing? (checkboxes)

Generally, do you take part in the same behaviors every time you have a new ship?

We know you can feel more or less strongly about different ships, but on average, when you’re shipping something, how intense are your feelings about it, personally? (Likert scale, 1 being “I like it,” 5 being “I’m completely obsessed and consumed by it”)

At this point the shipper paths re-combine at questions for all shippers part 2

if the person does draw a distinction between casual and hardcore shipping...

When you say you’re actively shipping something, what does that mean you’re doing? (checkboxes)

Generally, do you take part in the same behaviors every time you have a new active ship?

We know you can feel more or less strongly about different ships, but on average, when you say you *actively* ship something, how intense are your feelings about it, personally? (Likert scale, 1 being “I like it,” 5 being “I’m completely obsessed and consumed by it”)

When you say you’re casually shipping something, what does that mean you’re doing? (checkboxes)

Generally, do you take part in the same behaviors every time you have a new casual ship?

We know you can feel more or less strongly about different ships, but on average, when you say you *casually* ship something, how intense are your feelings about it, personally? (Likert scale, 1 being “I like it,” 5 being “I’m completely obsessed and consumed by it”)

At this point the shipper paths re-combine at questions for all shippers part 2

Questions for all shippers, part 2

Do you ship just one ship at a time?

Are you or have you ever been a multishipper—simultaneously shipping multiple ships in a single fandom?

Do you ever use the term “OTP” to refer to any of your ships?

Whether you use the term “OTP” or not, do you draw a distinction between an OTP and a ship?

If you answered “yes” to the last question, what distinction do you draw between an OTP and a ship? (free response)

If and when you, personally, have a non-canonical ship, how much does the ship becoming canon usually matter to you? (Likert scale, from 1 “Not at all” to 5 “It’s the most important thing”)

If your feelings about your ship(s) becoming canon vary, why? Under what circumstances? (free response)

When you talk about your ship(s), do you discuss them in terms of whether they will be “endgame”?

If you said “sometimes” to the previous question, tell us more! (free response)

Have you ever shipped something you haven’t seen/read/etc. the original source material for?

Have you ever started watching/reading/etc. something because you heard a ship from it had gone canon?

Have you ever started shipping something because of fandom/fans’ behaviors?

If you have started shipping something because of fandom/fans’ behaviors, tell us how and why. (free response)

Do other fans’ behaviors ever affect how you, personally, feel about your ship(s)? (checkboxes)

If other fans’ behaviors have impacted your feelings about your ship(s), tell us more about your experiences. (free response)

Do you have trouble relating to fans in your fandom who don’t share your ship?

If you said “sometimes” to the previous question, tell us more! (free response)

Is it possible to ship yourself with a fictional character?

If you said “sometimes” to the previous question, tell us more! (free response)

When you think about, read about, or watch clips of your ship, how do you relate to the characters in it? (checkboxes)

How old do you think most shippers are?

Do you think most shippers are female?

At this point all of the paths re-combine at the demographic questions.

Questions for self-identified non-shippers

When a person is shipping something, what behaviors are they engaged in? What do they do on a regular basis? What actions do they take? (free response)

Do you have any favorite fictional relationships?

Do you ever root for characters to get together, romantically speaking?

Do you ever feel disappointment in the way characters’ romantic relationships play out?

In response to previous questions, you’ve said that you aren’t a shipper and/or don’t engage in shipping. How do you compare the way you feel about fictional relationships to what you understand shippers to be doing? (free response)

How old do you think most shippers are?

Do you think most shippers are female?

At this point all of the paths re-combine at the demographic questions.

Questions for people who aren’t familiar with shipping

Do you have any favorite fictional relationships?

Do you ever root for characters to get together, romantically speaking?

Do you ever feel disappointment in the way characters’ romantic relationships play out?

At this point all of the paths re-combine at the demographic questions.

Demographic questions (for all surveyed)

Which category below includes your age?

What is your race? (Check all that apply)

Are you Hispanic or Latinx?

How do you describe your gender? (checkboxes)

How do you describe your sexuality? (Check all that apply)

END OF SURVEY!!!