Hours Per Week of "Fun" Computing
- In the last survey (See:
a surprising amount of respondents reported using their computer for work & fun reasons over 50 hours
a week. We redesigned the 3rd survey to determine how many of those hours are for work and how many
of those hours are for fun.
- Overall, and equal number of users report "for fun computing" as under 5 hours/week (34.5%) and between 6 to 10
hours/week (34.9%), totaling nearly 70% of all users.
- Europeans seem to spend less time doing fun computing than their US counterparts. One possible
explanation for this centers around the relatively low proportion of Europeans owning computers (See:
Graphs) and the nearly two to 1 ratio of European Internet access being
gained through educational sources as compared to US Internet access (See: Graphs). Statistical analysis of the interaction
between number of computers owned and hours per week doing fun computing
supports this hypothesis.
- Prodigy users spend more time having fun than overall users
(38.6% having fun 6 to 10 hours/week for Prodigy users vs 34.9% overall users),
though there are no significant differences between response distributions
for Prodigy and non-Prodigy responses. That is, the amount of time per week
doing fun computing is the same for the traditional Web users as for the
early adopters. Thus, we expect to find that as the Web continues to
expand its user base, that this distribution will remain stable.
- Women spent less time doing fun computing than males
(72.9% of women spent less than 11 hours/week vs 68.9% for men).
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GVU's WWW Surveying Team
Graphics, Visualization, & Usability Center
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0280