Share Machine With Others
- This question attempts to begin to understand the ratio of computers on
the Web and the number of users behind each computer. This is really very
tricky stuff, as there is no registration mechanism in place to accomplish
a census of users and randomly sampling computers is essentially spamming
(i.e. not good net behavior). So, take these numbers with a big grain of salt
along with a nice icy cold margaritta or other preferred chilly beverage.
- Overall, 85.7% of computers were reported as being shared. This is a 15%
increase from the 2nd Survey (See:
This may very well reflect that as major online service providers provide
access to the Web and the Internet, the computers that provide the users
with access are being used by more than one person. This can not be the only
influence, as since Prodigy represent approximately 1/4 the entire sample
size, if all Prodigy users reported sharing their machines, it would not
raise the percent past 80%, so some other influences are at play. We will
be investigating these influences in early July.
- European users are more likely to be the sole user of their
machine (22.3%) than their US counterparts (12.9%), even though they tend
to own less computers (See: Graphs).
- To further support the effect of other influences since the 2nd survey on
sharing computers, the Prodigy sample did indeed report a higher percentage of
shared machines, but only by 4.6%.
- Women are 6% less likely to have to share a machine compared to men.
There are significant differences between the response distributions
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GVU's WWW Surveying Team
Graphics, Visualization, & Usability Center
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0280