Hey, do you know that April 28th is National Superhero Day? I wasn’t aware of it until reading a PR email informing me of it and a survey initiated by the people behind the social app SKOUT. Fellow nerds, our culture and passion have been appropriated because apparently a lot of people dream about becoming superheroes! Of course you can dream any day about becoming a superhero but celebrating real world heroes is the reason behind the annual occasion. In that spirit, the SKOUT team have created a campaign to benefit Make A Wish Greater Bay Area. On April 28th SKOUT will make a donation to the charity every time a Skouter makes a virtual superhero themed gift using its app until a wish is fully funded.
“We’re proud to create an opportunity for our community to use our app to fund a wish for someone who could use a real life superhero,” said Christian Wiklund, co-founder and CEO of SKOUT. “Sending virtual gifts to your friends shows that you’re thinking about them, but sending someone a virtual superhero gift shows you’re thinking about others, too.”
Here are some other super stats from SKOUT’s recent superhero survey:
America’s favorite superhero is…
Well, it depends on whom you ask… Women said Batman. Men said Superman.
Batman and Robin are the best superhero BFFs.
More than half of people surveyed (53%) said Batman and Robin are their favorite superhero friends. 19% said The Thing and Human Torch are their fave friend duo, 16% prefer Green Hornet and Kato, and 12% said the Wonder Twins make the best squad.
Immortality is the most wished for superpower.
When asked which superpower they wish they had, 1 out of 3 people surveyed said immortality. 29% said the ability to fly, 22% said superhuman strength and 17% said super speed.
The Batmobile is the best superhero ride.
49% of people surveyed said they would pick the Batmobile if they could have any superhero vehicle. 20% would choose Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane, 20% would prefer the X-Men’s Blackbird and 12% would pick The Green Hornet’s Black Beauty.
A mask is a must-have superhero accessory.
57% of people surveyed said a mask is the most important superhero accessory, 19% said a cape, 14% said a ring, and 10% said a cool belt.
Nearly 80% of people want to be a superhero in real life. Here’s what it takes…
44% of people surveyed said selflessness, 37% said no fear, 11% said technology and 8% said money.
To download SKOUT for iOS, Android, or Windows, or to sign up online, visit www.skout.com. You can also find SKOUT on Facebook and Twitter @skoutapp.
National Superhero Day has a Facebook community you may want to check out. Though I can’t say how much of the focus is on the annual event.
There may be any number of National Superhero Day events to benefit worthy groups or charities in your area, so we encourage you to take part in them too! If not, think about a way to recognize someone in your real world social circle — an LGBT advocate, social worker, nurse, volunteer, teacher, firefighters, personal mentors — as a superhero! Or be a superhero to someone else!