A survey of more than 2,000 adults and 1,500 children in Australia has found that the majority of light bulb users prefer to store their lights in a box rather than in a light bulb socket.
The findings, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, also show that the average age of light bulbs’ users is between 18 and 25, and that most people are in their 20s and 30s.
“The age distribution of light switch users and their responses to the light bulb light bulb is intriguing,” lead author Matthew Boonstra, from the University of Queensland, said in a press release.
“Our results are based on survey data and have implications for light bulb lighting and the light bulbs we use.
It is important to remember that these findings only cover those people who are using light bulbs in a socket.”
Boonstras team examined whether the light switch socket preference was a function of age, gender or education, and found that it was not.
“There is some evidence that older people are more likely to prefer to do their lighting in a dark room, where the light is less bright,” Boonstrap said.
“However, this was not found in the light socket preference.
The data indicates that it is more about what you want to do with the light in the first place.”
The study is the first to investigate the age and gender of light socket users and has implications for future research into light bulbs and light bulbs.
“We found that there are strong associations between the age of lighting and preference for light sockets,” Boomstra said.
This research was funded by the Australian Research Council.
This article first appeared on New Scientist.