The AVEN Ace Community Census is intended as an ongoing annual survey with a core set of basic demographic questions and rotating sets of topical questions, in order to obtain better information on the makeup of asexual communities, and to track any trends on those communities over time.
The 2014 survey received a total of 14,210 responses (Aces =10,880 and Non-Aces=3,330), making this the largest known dataset on the subject of asexuality to date.
The survey represents a convenience sample recruited via snowballing sampling techniques. Announcements containing a link to the survey were posted on several major asexual websites (AVEN, The Asexual Agenda, etc.), as well as in asexuality-themed groups on various popular social networking sites (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit, Livejournal, etc.). Respondents were encouraged to share the link with any other asexual communities or individuals they knew. Although recruitment was focused on asexual spectrum respondents, non-ace respondents who encountered the survey were encouraged to take it was well, which provides the opportunity for some level of comparative data.
It is crucial to note that the asexual spectrum respondents do not represent asexual spectrum people in general, but rather, the people who have sufficient contact with the community in order to have found the survey. Furthermore, some ace communities are over- or under-represented because of differences in recruiting effectiveness. Lastly, the non-ace respondents do not represent the population as a whole, but rather, the kind of people who have contact with aces or ace communities.
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