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2013 TGB Elderblogging Survey Results – Part 3

Posted Apr 25 2013 8:30am

Today we will take a look at what the survey tells us Time Goes By denizens relate to the computers, the internet, blogs and electronic gadgets.

Think about that: for most of us at this blog, nothing much but the telephone and radio were available when we were growing up. It's all new to us compared to the digital natives – the ones who are about 25 and younger. For them, this is the only world they have ever known.

As with all parts of the survey results, these caveats apply:

Also, please note that the capital letter “R” does not show up well when it appears in a label on the horizontal axis (it's a free, online chart service , and I don't know how to fix that). Total of percentages may be slightly off due to rounding.

What kind of telephone(s) do you use?
This was “select all that apply” question and as I explained a couple of days ago, the percentages in the charts reflect the percentage of all the answers chosen rather than of the number of people who answered.

The total number of responses to this question is 414 with no way to know how many people made that many choices.

Phones

Have you given up your landline?
According to one survey published last December, more than 35 percent of American households have switched to mobile phones only. Here is our percentage:

Landlines

Have you given up cable television?
When it comes up for discussion here now and then, a lot of commenters tell us they have given up cable television, mostly due to high prices from the mostly monopolist providers in the U.S.

CableTV

What kind is your primary computer?
I keep reading how sales of desktop and laptop computers are declining in favor of tablets and smartphones. I suppose that works if you don't do anything but poke at the screen. But if you do any kind of writing more complex than a text message, I don't see how the two newest instruments are useful.

Computer

How did you learn to use a computer?
Children, very small ones, take to computers so easily that I've joked for years they are born with little, tiny mice in their hands. (I think I need to update that joke to “born clutching a teeny, tiny smartphone.)

Baby boomers are probably the last generation of whom it makes sense to ask this question. (Sphone on the chart means smartphone and there's that damned R problem in the label for the yellow bar: it means Friend/Relative.

LearnComputer

What is your level of computer proficiency?
Zero newbies here.

ComputerProficiency

What other electronic equipment do you use?
This is another multiple choice question. If you skipped it, see the explanation of the the problem above.

The total number of responses to this question is 2156 with no way to know how many people made that many choices. It takes two charts to make the choices readable and I'm pretty sure you'll be able to translate the labels on the horizontal axis.

ElecEquip1

ElecEquip2

What social media do you regularly use?
Multiple choice again with the same problems as noted above. Total number of answers is 807. The truncated labels in the horizontal axis are:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Pinterest
Google+
Other
None

SocialMedia

How do you spend your personal (non-work) online time?
Multiple choice once again and the need for two charts to show all the selections. 3226 total answers. The truncated labels mean:

Email
General Research
Blogs
News
Shopping
Banking
Investing
Health research
Watching Video
Games
Twitter
Facebook
Skype

OnlineTime1

OnlineTime2

How much time do you spend reading/commenting on blogs?
I'm surprised at the high number for daily.

TimewithBlogs

Why do you read blogs?
Yes, another mutliple choice, this one with 1313 total responses. The labels mean:

Stay informed
Connect with friends
Enjoy the community
For fun
For work
For inspiration
Other

WhyReadBlogs

If you keep a blog, how long have you been blogging?
The largest percentage do not blog. It's interesting how long the second largest group has stuck with it.

HowLongBlogging

[For bloggers only] On average, how often do you post to your primary blog?

HowOftenPost

[For bloggers only] Why do you blog?
Another multiple choice. Total number of responses equals 487 with two charts to accommodate all the answers. The labels mean:

Enjoy writing
Fun
Personal journal
Friendship
To tell stories
Community
Share experiences
Persuade
Promote your business
To make money
Other

WhyBlog1

WhyBlog2

Tomorrow the last batch of charts will be published covering personal finances and politics.

2013 TGB Elderblogging Survey Results – Part 1
2013 TGB Elderblogging Survey Results – Part 2
2013 TGB Elderblogging Survey Results – Part 4


At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Mickey Rogers: Thanks a Lot!

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