You may recall that I posted a little survey a couple weeks back to find out the average age of silent movie fans and whether the fanbase is growing, shrinking or staying the same. Wow! So many participants!
Over 600 of you responded, which is a pretty impressive number for such a niche interest. Heck, it’s almost as big as the respondent pool for some political polls! Let’s crunch some numbers!
Before beginning, I should mention that an internet survey is obviously not scientific. However, this information should provide an interesting snapshot of the global silent movie fandom.
The largest age group by far is 50s with 28% of total respondents, followed by the 40s with 20%. However, 33% of all responses chose 30s, 20s or teen/tween, so a third of the people taking the survey can be classified as whippersnappers.
A healthy 15% of respondents are in their 60s and then there is a large dropoff with only 3% in their 70s and 2 (not percent, just 2 people) in their 80s. No one responding saw silent films during their original release.
So, based on these answers, I would say that there is a healthy range of ages.
Now, how long have you been a silent movie fan?
Unsurprisingly, the 21-40 year range wins with 27%. This date range coincides with the rise of home video, a true boon to silent films. A whopping 21% of you have been fans for 41-60 years and 19% of you have been fans for 11-20 years (I’m in this range myself). And a total of 31% of respondents have become fans during the last decade, I’m sure with the assistance of YouTube and other video streaming services.
Hats off to the 2% who have been fans for over sixty years. Wow! Any fandom needs a combination of newcomers and established experts to survive and it looks like silent films are in a healthy place.
And now for the opinions. Is the silent movie fandom growing or shrinking?
This question is 100% based on personal opinion and experience. 35% of you weren’t sure if the fandom was growing, shrinking or staying the same. This is not surprising as a large number of silent fans are obliged to watch them solo on home video.
33% of you feel the fandom is growing and 19% of you feel that it is staying about the same. 13% of you believe that it is shrinking.
Thank you so much for responding and sharing the poll! I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments and studying the results.
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