How connected are you?!

I saw a survey on the PEW site. It's a survey to see to what degree the Internet and other forms of connectivity affect your life. Go give it a try.

In case you're curious or don't want to blindly go to a web link, the Pew Internet & American Life Project is a non-profit research center studying the social effects of the Internet on Americans. I presume they're safe--or at least as safe as any Washington DC group ever is.

Where Do You Fit?

Do you cringe when your cell phone rings? Do you suffer from withdrawal when you can't check your Blackberry? Do you rush to post your vacation video to your Web site? The questions below allow you to place yourself in one of the categories in the Pew Internet Project's Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users.

The graphic to the left is the resulting groups. I'm in the second group, the "connectors". Click on the graphic if you want it bigger so you can read it more readily.

Here's my results from the quiz:

Based on your answers to the questionnaire, you most closely resemble survey respondents within the Connectors typology group. This does not mean that you necessarily fit every group characteristic.

Connectors make up 7% of the American public.

Basic Description
The Connectors’ collection of information technology is used for a mix of one-to-one and one-to-many communication. They very much like how ICTs keep them in touch with family and friends and they like how ICTs let them work in community groups to which they belong. They are participants in cyberspace – many blog or have their own web pages – but not at the rate of Omnivores. They are not as sure-footed in their dealings with ICTs as Omnivores. Connectors suspect their gadgets could do more for them, and some need help in getting new technology to function properly.

Defining Characteristics
Connectors combine a sense that information technology is good for social purposes with a clear recognition that online resources are a great way to learn new things. Their cell phones have a lot of features, and they also try new things with technology; more than half have watched TV programming on a device like a laptop computer or cell phone.

Who They Are
Connectors, which make up 7% of the population, have a median age of 38, with a majority (54%) in the 30-49 age range. Ethnically, it is mostly white (72%); 16% are Black and 12% are English-speaking Hispanics. The typical Connector has been online for 9 years, which suggests they were a second-wave of late 1990s adopters. Most are women (55%) and they rate above average in educational attainment and income.


kenju said…
I am a "lackluster veteran", Dave.
Liz said…
I think I more correctly belong in that group compared to my result of Omnivore.
Michael Manning said…
I was deemed tobe a Connector, Utenzi! Ah, well. Nothing urgent. But it was fun!
Well...things like this make me crazy! So often there aren't enough choices that fit "How You Are" you end up choosing a compromise answer because that is all there is to choose from...SO.....The results of these things are suspect, beyond belief...
Having said all that....I am a Connector Hassled or something like that...LOL! Do I care?
No. In fact I don't honestly know what this group hopes to get out of this questionairre thingy when the whole set-up of questions is faulty to begin with....!

About The Hummers and 'stillness'. I cannot tell you how often I see them 'at rest'. I have video of different hummingbords at rest...I would post it, but unfortunately it is Analog and I don't have the correct whatevers to download all this video and transfer it---or whatever you call it----to digital.
What I would love to see is a Hummingbird Nest...Wouldn't that be fabulous?
Bob-kat said…
I came out as an omnivore which apparently makes me most likely to be a 28 year old male!
Yaeli said…
I'm procrastinating at work so I think I'll give this a go!
utenzi said…
I can relate, Yaeli. I've done that procrastinating thing a few times myself.
used*to*be*me* said…
I'm not procrastinating, I'm straight up blowing it off!

And, apparently, I belong to the Omnivores group, who make up 8% of the American public.

Yay me.

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