Hours Per Week of Computing for Work
- The response profile for US users reflects a very gradual tapering
off of hours per week of computer usage for work purposes. This profile
slopes from 18.8% of the users working with computers under 5 hours/week
to 8.1% of the users working with computers over 51 hours/week.
- Nearly one out of every four Europeans (18.6%) use a computer for work
between 31 and 40 hours/week (US - 15.0% between 31 and 40 hours/week).
The profile for European users has flattened considerably since the
Third Survey, reflecting a broader spectrum of the time spent with computers
in the work place.
- US respondents had over a one in three chance (35.2%) of working with
computers for less than 11 hours/week (Europeans - 26.4% under 11 hours/week).
- Weekend users typically spend less time with computers at work than
users who accessed the survey during weekday hours (23.8% Weekday under
5 hours/week vs 17.0% Weekday).
- Over a third (35.0%) of the Weekday users spent more than 31 hours/week
working with computers compared to 26.5% for Weekend users.
- Given this difference and the increased use of computers for fun by
Weekend users (See Fun Computing), it may just be
that the Weekday users are 'computed' out when it comes time to use
computers for fun.
By Access Time
- Women differed from men in hours/week working with computers in
that they are more likely to use a computer under 11 hours/week (41.0%
female vs 32.6% male), and are less likely to use a computer for over
31 hours/week (28.6% female vs 35.3% male). This less intensive computer use
by women is also reflected in the number of hours/week women spend 'fun'
computing (See: Fun Computing.)
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GVU's WWW Surveying Team
Graphics, Visualization, & Usability Center
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0280