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How Have Computers Impacted Your Life?

I’m taking a survey for a paper I’m writing for my anthropology class. The question I’m looking to answer is “How have computers impacted your life?”

Following are 10 questions. If you have 5 minutes, please help me out by responding with your answers. Acceptable choices are listed. I’m hoping to get at least 20 responses, so the more that answer the merrier.

Thanks in advance! At the end I’ll tabulate the statistics and post the results.

Age
0-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+

Sex
Male
Female

Questions
How much time do you spend on the computer per day?
0-30 min
31-60 min
1-2 hours
2-4 hours
4 hours+

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
yes
no

What is the primary use of your computer?
email/internet/im
word processing
programming/databases
media/photos/video/music
gaming
other

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?
improved
worsened
no effect

How have computers impacted your relationship with with friends?
improved
worsened
no effect

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
yes
no

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
yes
no

Do you encourage others to use computers?
yes
no

Do you use a computer at work?
yes
no
don?t work

How old were you when you first started using computers?
0-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+

  1. 25
  2. Male
  3. 2-4 hours
  4. no
  5. all of the above
  6. no effect
  7. no effect
  8. yes
  9. yes
    10.yes
    11.don’t work
    12.12 years old

Age

30-39

Sex
Male

Questions
How much time do you spend on the computer per day?
1-2 hours

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?

no

What is the primary use of your computer?
email/internet/im
other

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?
improved

How have computers impacted your relationship with with friends?
improved

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
yes

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
yes

Do you encourage others to use computers?
yes

Do you use a computer at work?
yes

How old were you when you first started using computers?
0-19

  1. 20-29 (24)
  2. Male
  3. 4 hours+
  4. Yes, life would change.
  5. Email/Internet/IM (secondary, Media, Photo, Video, Music)
  6. No effect on family
  7. Improved relationship with friends
  8. Not take the money without computer
  9. Yes I would take the money
  10. Yes I encourage others to use
  11. Yes I use at work
  12. 0-19

Good Luck
AlexH.

Age: 20-29
Sex: Male

Questions
How much time do you spend on the computer per day?

4 hours+

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
yes

What is the primary use of your computer?

media/photos/video/music

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?
no effect

How have computers impacted your relationship with with friends?
no effect

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
no

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
no

Do you encourage others to use computers?
yes

Do you use a computer at work?
yes

How old were you when you first started using computers?
0-19

[quote]skrying wrote:
Age
Sex
[/quote]
30-39
Male

4 hours+

yes

  • email/internet/im
  • programming/databases
  • gaming
  • other

no effect

no effect

yes

Are video game consoles considered a computer?

yes

yes

Really, I neither encourage or discourage…

yes

0-19

my answers are below in brackets.

Age
0-19
20-29 [20-29]
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+

Sex
Male
Female [female]

Questions
How much time do you spend on the computer per day?
0-30 min
31-60 min
1-2 hours
2-4 hours [2-4 hours on average]
4 hours+

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
yes [absofuckinglutely]
no

What is the primary use of your computer?
email/internet/im [yes]
word processing [yes]
programming/databases
media/photos/video/music [yes]
gaming
other [porn…oops, this is for school, isn’t it?]

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?
improved [definitely]
worsened
no effect

How have computers impacted your relationship with with friends?
improved [yep]
worsened
no effect

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
yes
no [hell no]

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
yes [duh]
no

Do you encourage others to use computers?
yes [yep]
no

Do you use a computer at work?
yes [couldn’t function without one]
no
don?t work

How old were you when you first started using computers?
0-19 [14]
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+

Age 40-49

Sex Male

How much time do you spend on the computer per day?
4 hours+

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
yes

What is the primary use of your computer?
email/internet/im
other

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?
no effect

How have computers impacted your relationship with with friends?
improved

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
no

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
no

Do you encourage others to use computers?
yes

Do you use a computer at work?

yes

How old were you when you first started using computers?

30-39

Age - 20-29
Sex - male

  1. 4+
  2. Yes
  3. Everything mentioned except programming/databases. If I absolutely had to pick just one, I’d say gaming.
  4. Worsened.
  5. Worsened.
  6. No.
  7. Yes.
  8. Yes.
  9. Don’t work.
  10. 0-19

Age: 24

Sex: Male

Questions:

How much time do you spend on the computer per day?
*4 hours+

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
*yes

What is the primary use of your computer?
*email/internet/im
*programming/databases
*gaming

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?
*improved

How have computers impacted your relationship with friends?
*no effect

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
*yes

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
*yes

Do you encourage others to use computers?
*no

Do you use a computer at work?
*yes

How old were you when you first started using computers?
*0-19

No, video game consoles don’t count. Just personal computers.

w00t! I’m in, pay me now dammit!!!

Age
0-19 (19)

Sex
Male

Questions
How much time do you spend on the computer per day?

2-4 hours

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
yes

What is the primary use of your computer?
email/internet/im

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?

no effect

How have computers impacted your relationship with with friends?
improved

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?

no

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?

no

Do you encourage others to use computers?

no

Do you use a computer at work?

don?t work

How old were you when you first started using computers?
0-19 (10)

Interesting study. I just finished doing a brief study for my English class on how modern technology (mainly Instant Messenger) effects peoples’ ability to write. PM me if you’d like any info on that (I don’t have tons though).

Age
0-19

Sex
Male

Questions
How much time do you spend on the computer per day?
4 hours+

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
yes

What is the primary use of your computer?
email/internet/im
media/photos/video/music
gaming
other

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?
no effect

How have computers impacted your relationship with with friends?
improved

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
yes

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
yes

Do you encourage others to use computers?
no

Do you use a computer at work?
don?t work

How old were you when you first started using computers?
0-19

Polls closed! Will report back soon with results.

Thanks to everyone who answered and took this seriously! In total I got 48 responses. Here are the results; I’ll have more interesting statistics when I analyze this further.

Age
0-19 (11)
20-29 (21)
30-39 (8)
40-49 (6)
50-59 (1)
60-69 (1)
70+ (0)
Sex
Male (39)
Female (9)

How have computers impacted your life?

Questions
How much time do you spend on the computer per day?
0-30 min (0)
31-60 min (2)
1-2 hours (5)
2-4 hours (11)
4 hours+ (30)

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
yes (41)
no (7)

What is the primary use of your computer?
email/internet/im (13)
word processing (0)
programming/db (1)
media/photos/video/music (4)
gaming (1)
other (8)
more than 1 of the above (21)

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?
improved (18)
worsened (1)
no effect (29)

How have computers impacted your relationship with friends?
improved (32)
worsened (3)
no effect (13)

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
yes (21)
no (27)

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
yes (43)
no (5)

Do you encourage others to use computers?
yes (40)
no (8)

Do you use a computer at work?
yes (31)
no (3)
don?t work (14)

How old were you when you first started using computers?
0-19 (41)
20-29 (4)
30-39 (3)
40-49 (0)
50-59 (0)
60-69 (0)
70+ (0)

[quote]skrying wrote:
Age
30-39

Sex
Male

Questions
How much time do you spend on the computer per day?

4 hours+

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
yes

What is the primary use of your computer?
email/internet/im

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?
improved

How have computers impacted your relationship with with friends?
improved

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
yes

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
yes

Do you encourage others to use computers?
yes

Do you use a computer at work?
yes

How old were you when you first started using computers?

20-29

[quote]

I’m here with (the interesting) results! (Sorry it took so long)

A total of 48 people answered the survey - 39 male, 9 female.

Ages:
? 0-19: 11
? 20-29: 21
? 30-39: 8
? 40-49: 6
? 50-59: 1
? 60-69: 1
? 70+: 0

Usage per day:
4+ hours: 62.5%
2-4 hours: 22.9%
1-2 hours: 10.2%
30-60 minutes: 4.16%
0-30 minutes: 0%

Based on answers to different questions I was able to classify all users as either casual, passionate, or intermediate users of computers.
? Passionate: 29%
? Casual: 12.5%
? Intermediate: 58.5%

Distribution of passionate users:
? age 0-29: 71%
? age 30+: 29%

Distribution of older users:
? Passionate: 25%
? Casual/Intermediate: 75%

Here’s a relevant excerpt from my paper:

[quote] Twenty-two people responded that they would not give up computers for money, but if they could have the money and continue using computers, then they would take it. This is roughly 46% of respondents. These people therefore like money (most people do), but value computers even more. Of this 46%, thirteen spend four or more hours on computers per day. This is 27% of respondents. Of this 27%, eleven encourage others to use computers. This is 23% of all respondents. So 23% of respondents comprise a group that would not trade computers for money, spends 4 or more hours per day on computers, and encourages others to use computers as well. Thus, this 23% is highly passionate about computing. There are also three respondents who spend 4 or more hours per day on computers, encourage others to use computers, but would not accept the money based on principle. It is safe say these three respondents are passionate about computing as well. This makes for a total of 14 respondents, or 29%, who are passionate about computing.

Of the thirty-four non-passionate computer users, seven said their lives would not significantly change if they no longer used computers. This is 14.5% of respondents. Of those 14.5%, six would give up computers for money. This is 12.5%. These are clearly casual users. The remaining twenty-eight respondents, or 58.5%, that are neither passionate nor casual I have labeled intermediate users.

Of the fourteen respondents who are passionate about computers, ten are younger than thirty. This means that 71% of passionate users are young. Also worth noting, is that of the same fourteen respondents, twelve started using computers before the age of twenty. So 85.7% of respondents who are passionate about computers began using them at an early age.

Out of all respondents, sixteen are age thirty or older. Of these sixteen, only four are passionate users. Thus 75% of respondents age thirty or older are casual or intermediate computer users.[/quote]

and some relevant conclusions:

and lastly, problems I noticed with my survey:

Thanks again to everyone who participated!

Age: 20-29 (26)
Sex: Male

How much time do you spend on the computer per day?
4 hours+ (where is the 10+ hour option?)

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
yes

What is the primary use of your computer?
programming/databases

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?
no effect

How have computers impacted your relationship with with friends?
improved

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
yes

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
yes

Do you encourage others to use computers?
yes

Do you use a computer at work?
yes

How old were you when you first started using computers?
0-19 (Ah, the years of 8086’s)

Age
20-29

Sex
Male

Questions
How much time do you spend on the computer per day?

4 hours+

If you no longer owned a computer, would your life change significatnly?
yes

What is the primary use of your computer?

programming

How have computers impacted your relationship with family?

no effect

How have computers impacted your relationship with with friends?

no effect

If you were offered enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your life, but you could never use a computer again, would you take the money?
yes

Would you take the money if you could still use computers?
yes

Do you encourage others to use computers?
yes

Do you use a computer at work?
yes

How old were you when you first started using computers?
0-19
(8)