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BTD Forums    Lifestyle    Nonnie Clubhouse  ›  Sense of smell - nonnies vs secretors?
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Nonnie with super-sensitive sense of smell (95 votes)
52.20%
Secretor with super-sensitive sense of smell (34 votes)
18.68%
Nonnie with average sense of smell (22 votes)
12.09%
Nonnie with poor sense of smell (12 votes)
6.59%
Secretor with poor sense of smell (9 votes)
4.95%
Secretor with average sense of smell (6 votes)
3.30%
Other (please give details) (4 votes)
2.20%
182 Votes Total Last vote Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:31pm by Christopher1
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Sense of smell - nonnies vs secretors?
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D.L.
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Explorer Swami 44%, INTJ, Haplo Kla2a
Ee Dan
Posts: 567
Gender: Female
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Age: 69
Yes, BCgal. My husband seems to have a bad sense of smell, while I can smell everything. In fact, with my eyes closed I can tell what just about every smell is from. We have to cook meat in a fry pan on an electric eye out on the back porch because the smell of meat cooking makes me nauseated. If he has been working on any project, he has to put his clothes and shoes in the garage. The bleach he puts in the washing machine gives me a headache so he opens all the doors and turns on the fan.The smell of his soap when he takes a shower makes me gag. No perfumes or perfumed detergents for me. Even someone walking past me that has cigarette smoke on the clothes, or the dyes on clothes in department stores starts to give me a headache. Yet he can't smell all that. In the winter when our next-door neighbor starts up the fireplace, I have to stuff cloth in the windows in whatever room I'm in and turn on the air purifier. I know immediately when they start the fire. It has been this way with me since I was exposed to a lot of mold as a child and malathion as a teen.  
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I selected "other" because I have a hyper sensitive sense of smell for things like good food and sexually aroused members of the opposite sex nearby, but absolutely terrible sense of smell when it comes to things like skunks or the cat box needing to be changed.  Smells that are either slightly pleasant or poor just smell like nothing.


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But:
What do the data show?
So far:
128 Non-secretors answer
49 Secretors answer

Amongst Non-secretors answering,
95 believe their sense of smell is "super-sensitive"
22 believe their sense of smell is "average"
9 believe their sense of smell is "poor"

Amongst Secretors,
34 believe their sense of smell is "super-sensitive"
6 believe their sense of smell is "average"
9 believe their sense of smell is "poor"

Now:

This poll tells us far more about the Forum than it does about olfaction.

First and most immediately obvious,
non-secretors, a general population minority by a long shot,
far outnumber Secretors amongst the poll's respondents.

Second, this is a poll about belief rather than fact.
If the poll question were more substantive,  we'd have some real data.
Example:
"______oz of ________________ is spilled ____________meters away in a closed space of such and such dimensions.
How long does it take you to smell it?"
My guess is that there are many true "averages" who believe their sense of smell is sensitive or poor. And vice-versa.

Third, there is no control for very important variables, including sex and various health conditions that affect olfaction.
If female respondents far outnumber male (as Nonnies do Secretors, here) then the conclusions must be skewed, too. If the Nonnie sample has a higher incidence of respiratory allergy than does the Secretor sample, then, too, we've learned ZERO about how secretor status determines the fineness of one's sense of smell.

Fourth: What determines whether or not a Forum browser answers this poll?
Chances are excellent that folks who consider their sense of smell "average" will be less interested in the Thread Title than will someone who is convinced her/his sense of smell is something noteworthy. Someone clicking on the thread and reading the OP is far more likely to be someone with an extreme rather than average response.


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