To test whether convention-going samples of furries differed significantly from online samples of furries, we compared the results of our largest online furry survey [tagcite tags=W11] to the results of a convention-based survey conducted at around the same time.[tagcite tags=FF11]
On average, convention-going furries report having been in the fandom for longer than furries in our online sample. These numbers have been consistently found across multiple surveys.[tagcite tags=W11-F11-S11]
Convention-going furries were also older when they first considered themselves to be a furry and when they first encountered/became a part of the furry community. This may be a by-product of convention-going furries being older than online furries,[tagcite tags=14.1] but it may also be the case that people who are older (and presumably more mature) when they get into the fandom may be more likely to attend furry conventions.