Crushing at Middlebury
For our research project we are interested in how students at Middlebury engage with the idea of the "crush." Our central question is, "how do people move from 'crush' to anything else?" whether that's an exclusive romantic relationship, a casual hookup, a friendship, or something in between. The survey is completely anonymous and any amount of detail is welcome -- thank you for contributing!
How do you define "crush"? What kind of crush do you think of when we ask?
How many crushes do you typically have at once? (however you define crush)
More than 10
If you’ve ever had a crush come to fruition in some way, how did it happen?
If you haven’t, what’s your perception of how that might go?
either being forward yourself or someone else being forward with you
I like being forward with people about how I feel.
I like when people are forward with me about how they feel.
I sometimes, kind-of like forwardness.
I don't like/am not comfortable being forward with people about how I feel.
I don't like it when people are forward with me about how they feel.
making the first move?
I love making the first move.
I love when someone makes the first move on me.
I am indifferent about making the first move.
Sometimes, kind of, it depends.
I do not like making the first move.
I do not like when people make the first move on me.
trying to be friends first?
I prefer to move from friends to romantic/sexual relationship.
If it's going to be romantic/sexual, I don't want to be platonic friends first.
playing "hard to get"?
When my crush seems disinterested in me, it makes me want to pursue them more.
When my crush seems disinterested in me, I am discouraged and move on.
I like to act disinterested in my crushes.
I think when I act disinterested, my crushes increase their interest in me.
I think when I act disinterested, my crushes give up on pursuing me.
I do not "play hard to get."
feel free to add details to your answers in the last question, titled "Care to share anything else?"
What do you typically do when you have a crush?
Do you make efforts to run into your crush or just “go with the flow”?
I try to seek them out.
I just wait and see how it goes.
Are you generally more interested in people who have already expressed interest in you?
Are you willing to cross social boundaries in your crushes/pursuits? (i.e., friend groups, perceived social differences, etc.)
How do you define flirting?
In what setting do you usually pursue/think about pursuing your crushes?
Social Events (lectures, concerts, etc.)
Organizations (clubs, teams)
Only in private/one-on-one settings
Friend group hang-outs
Spontaneous -- when you run into each other and it just feels right
Do you tend to pursue crushes via social media/texting or in person?
I prefer social media
I prefer texting
I prefer talking in person
What has worked on you when someone is crushing on you?
Care to share anything else?
something we missed, experiences you felt weren't addressed adequately or at all, anecdotes or details that are relevant, if you want our numbers, etc. ;-)
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