San Francisco, Calif. – February 15, 2016 – In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 15 – 20), SKOUT, the global app that helps you meet new people and expand your social circle, surveyed more than 2,700 of its users to see how people feel about doing and receiving unexpected acts of kindness. The survey showed that despite their busy schedules, 51% of college students perform a random act of kindness for someone every day, and 93% have done something unexpected and kind for a stranger.
Skout’s survey also asked college students to rank 10 random acts of kindness according to how meaningful they are. Here are the results, in order of most meaningful to least:
1. Pay it “backward” at a coffee shop or drive-thru.
2. Send a text to a friend, just thanking them for being your friend.
3. Hug a friend when they least expect it.
4. Don’t just leave a 15-20% tip at a restaurant, leave a more than generous tip for your waiter.
5. Borrow a friend’s car and fill it up with a full tank of gas.
6. Write a nice message on a sticky note and put it somewhere, where it can be found by somebody else.
7. Empty your spare change into the charity collection box at your local convenience store. For extra kindness points, break out the dollars!
8. Hold a door open for someone.
9. Buy flowers or a piece of chocolate, and give them to someone who looks like they would appreciate it.
10. Take flowers to a nursing home and ask that they be delivered to someone who doesn’t get many visitors.
To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, SKOUT is asking its millions of users to perform random acts of kindness on- and offline throughout this week and share their good deeds with the SKOUT community using the hashtag #SKOUTkind. SKOUT employees this week are performing random acts of kindness throughout San Francisco as well as holding a food drive to benefit the SF-Marin Food Bank.
SKOUT conducted its Random Acts of Kindness survey online in January 2016 among 2,706 of its users who reside in the U.S. 188 of the respondents identified themselves as college students.
SKOUT is the largest global platform for meeting new people and expanding your social circle. The SKOUT community spans more than 180 countries and is available in 16 languages. SKOUT is dedicated to providing a platform through which people can easily and safely connect. The Andreessen Horowitz backed company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco. Visit skout.com to learn more.
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