Today, day three of The Elderblogger Survey results, we’ll take a look at the questions about technology and the internet.
Before we get started, here’s the standard reminder about this Survey:
- It is not balanced against the general population
- It is not balanced against even the elder population
- Respondents are self-selected, so not a representative sample
- Therefore, the survey has no statistical validity
Nevertheless, because the survey was distributed mostly among elderbloggers themselves and other elders who read blogs, we can get a bit of an idea of who we are and what we are like.
390 people responded to today's questions unless otherwise noted at the end of a question in parentheses.
26. What kind of telephone(s) do you use? (Check all that apply)
27. What kind is your primary computer?
Two answers fall outside the graph numbers. One person uses a computer of unknown type at the library and another uses all.
28. How did you learn to use a computer?
29. How long have you been using a computer?
30. What is your level of computer proficiency?
31. What other electronic equipment do you use?
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that elders don’t or can’t keep up with new technology. We are using a lot of electronic stuff. iPod on the graph is shorthand for any type of handheld music or video player. I singled out Wii from other game systems in the survey because it has become so popular at retirement communities. To make the graph more readable, I've divided it into two parts. Multiple answers were allowed.
One or two people each wrote in additional electronics that are not included in the percentages above:
Heart Rate monitor
I did not include write-ins of DVRs, Tivo and DVD/video players because undoubtedly others who checked TV also use those technologies, and as they were not listed as choices in the survey the numbers are not useful.
32. How long have you been using the internet? (388)
33. What is the speed of your internet connection? (388)
Most of us are using the fastest speed possible to get to the internet. I feel for the 6.4 percent of you still on dialup and hope you will be able to upgrade soon. “Other” includes a few users on FiOS, wireless, satellite and one person with microwave.
34. How do you spend your personal online time? (388)
Multiple choices here and we’re all doing a lot of different things, although I didn’t list and no one wrote in online sex, which is the most popular search term. Due to so many choices, I’ve split the graphs into three to be more readable, showing activities in descending order of popularity in the survey.
Other activities with fewer than five responses each include: politics, radio listening, instant messaging, reading books, politics, message boards, investing, job search, translation and karaoke.
35. What social media do you regularly use? (388)
Multiple choices were possible. It’s hard to define social media these days. Facebook, MySpace and Twitter – which I think of as group grope sites – come to mind first after blogs, but respondents had a wider definition than mine. Many listed membership in special interest groups on Yahoo! and message boards which I’ve folded into chat rooms/forums.
If the labels are too small, they read, left to right: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Chat/Forums, Blogs, Sr. Sites, LinkedIn and Other.
Included in "Other" activities with fewer than five responses each: Flickr, YouTube, instant messaging, BlogHer, Second Life and ShoutLife.
One last group of results will be published tomorrow – blogging.
[Continuing the Mother’s Day series this week at The Elder Storytelling Place today, a story titled simply, My Mom.]