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What makes a (human) e-reader?
#1  Uncle Robin 09-03-2020, 10:17 PM
I've long been interested in the demographics of e-reading, especially in the context of a specialised forum like this one. I thought it could be interesting to get some idea of exactly how much MR is a subset of a subset as it were. So, if anyone would like to participate, I've created a short, anonymous surveymonkey poll just to get a sense of the user base here
MR user demographics.

For any questions users would rather not answer, there's an "other" option, with space to tell the survey creator what he can do with his data-gathering, and some potentially contentious categories are listed in strictly alphabetical order, to offer at least a semblance of neutrality.

In both design and sample size, this poll has the sort of scientific rigour and statistical validity that could only be exceeded by a game of rock paper scissors played solo. It's quite literally intended as "infotainment", and so I hope that many will participate in that spirit.
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#2  leebase 09-04-2020, 10:08 AM
First time I've seen "European" for "White".
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#3  issybird 09-04-2020, 10:33 AM
Quote Uncle Robin
I've long been interested in the demographics of e-reading, especially in the context of a specialised forum like this one. I thought it could be interesting to get some idea of exactly how much MR is a subset of a subset as it were. So, if anyone would like to participate, I've created a short, anonymous surveymonkey poll just to get a sense of the user base here
MR user demographics.

For any questions users would rather not answer, there's an "other" option, with space to tell the survey creator what he can do with his data-gathering, and some potentially contentious categories are listed in strictly alphabetical order, to offer at least a semblance of neutrality.

In both design and sample size, this poll has the sort of scientific rigour and statistical validity that could only be exceeded by a game of rock paper scissors played solo. It's quite literally intended as "infotainment", and so I hope that many will participate in that spirit.
I’ll be interested to see the results.
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#4  hildea 09-04-2020, 12:16 PM
I wasn't sure what the education options meant, so I picked the one I believe fits. I'm guessing "Primary" is obligatory education (~10 years), and "Secondary" is ~3 years after that, but what's the difference between "Tertiary" and "Postgraduate"?
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#5  Uncle Robin 09-04-2020, 03:48 PM
Quote hildea
I wasn't sure what the education options meant, so I picked the one I believe fits. I'm guessing "Primary" is obligatory education (~10 years), and "Secondary" is ~3 years after that, but what's the difference between "Tertiary" and "Postgraduate"?
It's just a question of degree (ha!) - "tertiary" includes non-degree courses, postgraduate is education after having obtained a degree. So far "postgraduate" is the most common response to that question.
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#6  HLS 09-05-2020, 07:42 PM
Some questions made no seance . last question had a 1,2,3 choice with no explanation. And why not a white option? I am not European and European does not translate to white necessarily
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#7  issybird 09-05-2020, 08:01 PM
Quote HLS
Some questions made no seance . last question had a 1,2,3 choice with no explanation. And why not a white option? I am not European and European does not translate to white necessarily
I didn't think it was difficult to figure out, nor do I have an issue with a categorization that looks at origins rather than color.
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#8  DNSB 09-05-2020, 08:51 PM
Quote HLS
Some questions made no seance . last question had a 1,2,3 choice with no explanation. And why not a white option? I am not European and European does not translate to white necessarily
Where did your ancestors come from? You could always have used the Other option.

As for the last question, I would have preferred a 4th choice -- audiobooks -- only in a zombie apocalypse
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#9  Uncle Robin 09-05-2020, 08:54 PM
Quote HLS
Some questions made no seance . last question had a 1,2,3 choice with no explanation. And why not a white option? I am not European and European does not translate to white necessarily
The question asked for a personal definition of ethnicity/cultural identity, not the colour of one's skin. "European" covers those whose ethnic and cultural origins are from Europe, which is true of all who would say "I'm white". It is also the standard demographic label used for that group of people by the market/social research companies I worked for over more than 30 years.

Also, because it is a matter of personal identity, there was an "other" answer option, with the possibility of entering whichever descriptor the respondent preferred. So far, it does not appear that anyone availed themselves of that opportunity.
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#10  Uncle Robin 09-05-2020, 08:55 PM
Quote DNSB
Where did your ancestors come from? You could always have used the Other option.

As for the last question, I would have preferred a 4th choice -- audiobooks -- only in a zombie apocalypse
Hah! A kindred spirit, I see
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