SKOUT Survey Reveals College Students Rock Random Acts Of Kindness

By Megan (Weyrauch) Johnson on February 17, 2016
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Have you ever stopped at a drive-thru window to pay for your cup of coffee to discover the person in front of you already grabbed your bill? This random act of kindness keeps you smiling throughout the day, compelling you to do something similar for someone else.

SKOUT, the global app that helps you meet new people and expand your social circle, surveyed more than 2,700 of its users to find out how people feel about doing and receiving unexpected acts of kindness. A celebration in honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 15-20), the survey found despite their busy schedules, 51 percent of college students perform a random act of kindness for someone every day, while 93 percent have done something unexpected and kind for a stranger. This data comes from a recent press release.

The survey also asked college students to rank 10 random acts of kindness based on how meaningful they are. Taken from the press release, 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 percent 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.

SKOUT is asking millions of its users to perform random acts of kindness on and offline throughout the week, and to share their good deeds using hashtag #SKOUTkind.

SKOUT employees are getting in on the act this week as well by performing random acts of kindness throughout San Francisco and holding a food drive to benefit the SF-Marin Food Bank.

Spanning more than 180 countries and available in 16 languages, SKOUT is dedicated to providing a platform through which people can easily and safely connect. Download SKOUT for iOS, Android, or Windows, or sign up online by visiting You can also find SKOUT on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hello! I am currently serving as the Director of News/Managing Editor for Uloop. I recruit writers, manage Uloop's social media pages, edit articles for students without an editor at their school, manage interns and lead our National Team. When I'm not writing or editing, I love to take part in community theater, read and enjoy the outdoors. I have a Bachelor's degree in English and Professional Writing from Ohio State University and am currently pursing an M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Wright State University. If you ever have questions or just want to chat, email me at

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