Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur
jducoeur

[POLL] Communication and Intrusion

The latest issue of Newsweek contains a rant by Robert Samuelson, one of their columnists, in which he rails about why he is never getting a cellphone. He rehashes most of the usual arguments about how they are destroying privacy, intrude on your life, remove the distance between you and work, and so on. He cites a lot of statistics, aiming to demonstrate that people who have cellphones tend to resent them.

Nothing terribly new in it, but this is the first time I've read this particular argument since I've had a cellphone long enough to judge for myself. And I was intrigued, because it totally does not match my experience. So I figured this is an interesting excuse for an unscientific and self-selected survey about how the online crowd feels about "push" communication technologies. Please take a minute and fill this in. (LJ users only, I'm afraid -- you can't fill in a poll anonymously.)

The following is broken down by technology. I'm specifically interesting in push technologies -- ones that can interrupt you in some fashion. The sections are more or less identical to each other: one of the things I'm curious about is the differences in how people feel.

When I ask how useful you find a technology, that's utility in general, not necessarily for work. If you think that it is indispensible for your social life, that counts. When I ask about how intrusive you find it, that's purely asking how you feel about it, regardless of whether that intrusiveness is justified or not.

This is the first time I've done an LJ poll, and I'm building it by hand, so forgive me if I mess something up. This is already my second try. (Having found out the hard way that I can't put arbitrary HTML into a poll.)

Demographics: What is your age (rounded to the nearest option)?

Mean: 34.19 Median: 30 Std. Dev 8.42
20
6(14.0%)
30
17(39.5%)
40
16(37.2%)
50
4(9.3%)
60
0(0.0%)

How adept do you think you are at using (not programming or building) technology in general? (1 = can barely figure out where to click; 5 = serious power user)

Mean: 4.16 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.80
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(2.3%)
3
8(18.6%)
4
17(39.5%)
5
17(39.5%)

Postal mail (snail-mail): How much do you use postal mail? (1 = not at all; 5 = constantly)

Mean: 2.20 Median: 2 Std. Dev 0.79
1
5(11.4%)
2
29(65.9%)
3
7(15.9%)
4
2(4.5%)
5
1(2.3%)

How useful do you find postal mail? (1 = pointless; 5 = couldn't live without it)

Mean: 2.86 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.06
1
2(4.5%)
2
18(40.9%)
3
12(27.3%)
4
8(18.2%)
5
4(9.1%)

Do you frequently use postal mail for work?

Yes
12(27.9%)
No
31(72.1%)

How intrusive do you find postal mail? (1 = doesn't bother me; 5 = extremely annoying)

Mean: 1.93 Median: 1 Std. Dev 1.14
1
23(52.3%)
2
7(15.9%)
3
9(20.5%)
4
4(9.1%)
5
1(2.3%)

Email: How much do you use email? (1 = not at all; 5 = constantly)

Mean: 4.77 Median: 5 Std. Dev 0.47
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(2.3%)
4
8(18.2%)
5
35(79.5%)

How useful do you find email? (1 = pointless; 5 = couldn't live without it)

Mean: 4.57 Median: 5 Std. Dev 0.69
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(2.3%)
3
2(4.5%)
4
12(27.3%)
5
29(65.9%)

Do you frequently use email for work?

Yes
34(77.3%)
No
10(22.7%)

How intrusive do you find email? (1 = doesn't bother me; 5 = extremely annoying)

Mean: 2.25 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.11
1
14(31.8%)
2
13(29.5%)
3
10(22.7%)
4
6(13.6%)
5
1(2.3%)

Landline (not mobile) telephone: How much do you use the phone? (1 = not at all; 5 = constantly)

Mean: 2.36 Median: 2 Std. Dev 0.83
1
6(13.6%)
2
20(45.5%)
3
14(31.8%)
4
4(9.1%)
5
0(0.0%)

How useful do you find the phone? (1 = pointless; 5 = couldn't live without it)

Mean: 3.09 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.10
1
4(9.1%)
2
9(20.5%)
3
14(31.8%)
4
13(29.5%)
5
4(9.1%)

Do you frequently use the phone for work?

Yes
19(45.2%)
No
23(54.8%)

How intrusive do you find the phone? (1 = doesn't bother me; 5 = extremely annoying)

Mean: 3.21 Median: 4 Std. Dev 1.27
1
5(11.6%)
2
10(23.3%)
3
5(11.6%)
4
17(39.5%)
5
6(14.0%)

Mobile telephone: How much do you use mobile phones? (1 = not at all; 5 = constantly)

Mean: 3.34 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.04
1
3(6.8%)
2
5(11.4%)
3
15(34.1%)
4
16(36.4%)
5
5(11.4%)

How useful do you find mobile phones? (1 = pointless; 5 = couldn't live without it)

Mean: 4.07 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.77
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
11(26.2%)
4
17(40.5%)
5
14(33.3%)

Do you frequently use a mobile phone for work?

Yes
8(18.6%)
No
35(81.4%)

How intrusive do you find mobile phones? (1 = doesn't bother me; 5 = extremely annoying)

Mean: 2.45 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.10
1
9(21.4%)
2
14(33.3%)
3
12(28.6%)
4
5(11.9%)
5
2(4.8%)

Instant Messaging (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ASAP, etc) How much do you use IM? (1 = not at all; 5 = constantly)

Mean: 2.70 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.34
1
9(20.5%)
2
15(34.1%)
3
6(13.6%)
4
8(18.2%)
5
6(13.6%)

How useful do you find IM? (1 = pointless; 5 = couldn't live without it)

Mean: 2.77 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.29
1
8(18.2%)
2
13(29.5%)
3
10(22.7%)
4
7(15.9%)
5
6(13.6%)

Do you frequently use IM for work?

Yes
10(22.7%)
No
34(77.3%)

How intrusive do you find IM? (1 = doesn't bother me; 5 = extremely annoying)

Mean: 1.95 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.02
1
20(45.5%)
2
10(22.7%)
3
10(22.7%)
4
4(9.1%)
5
0(0.0%)

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