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Last week we asked you at what age should children own a smartphone At What Age Should Children Own A Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] At What Age Should Children Own A Smartphone? [MakeUseOf Poll] For the purpose of this poll, let’s say a child is anyone 13 years old or younger. Do you think children should own a smartphone at this age or not? Are smartphones a good influence... Read More . In general, the popular opinion seems to be that children can own a smartphone when they can take responsibility for it, not lose it or break it, or pay for it themselves. Hence, most people did not think this is age-dependent, but rather responsibility-dependent.

Out of 377 readers who voted, the results are as follows: 42% think children should own a smartphone when they’re responsible enough, 27% think children should own regular cell phones, not smartphones, 20% think children shouldn’t have cell phones at all, 5% think children should have cell phones as soon as it’s possible for them to have one, and 6% voted for none of the above and chose to elaborate in the comments.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Although the one option got the majority of votes, more people actually voted that children should not own smartphones or phones at all.


This week’s poll question is: How Many Add-Ons Do You Have Installed On Your Browser?


The browsing world is divided into two groups: add-on lovers and add-on haters. Well, OK, not everyone loves or hates add-ons, but there are strong opinions on how good or bad it is to have many of them installed on your browser. Too many, and your browser can become sluggish; none, and you lose out on lots of very useful functions and features. So now it’s time for you to tell us, how many add-ons do YOU have?

Are there any add-ons you can’t do without? What are the pros and cons of installing add-ons? Share your opinions in the comments!

  1. Bumferry
    May 7, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I have only a handful of add ons on firefox, mainly becasue every time one is added, it either causes FF to crash or go-slow or counter acts one of the others and is "inncompatable".

    I find them to be more of a hastle than anything. unless there are any essential ones that i should have beyond microsoft framework (whateverthatis!) and norton thingy-me-bob.

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 8, 2012 at 6:07 am

      Well, that varies with need. I have around 12 installed, and I can't give up any of them. You just get used to a new feature or some kind of shortcut, and then you can imagine Firefox without it. I even have one that moves my Firefox button from its default place to somewhere else...

  2. Jess
    May 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I have a couple that I have on both of my browsers (Safari and Chrome), but I think I have 10 or so add-ons to Chrome. A few to customize my Tumblr, like Missing E, AdBlock, a timer to help me not waste time on the internet, and some developing tools.

  3. Ben
    May 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I currently use 88 addons and I would say probably 70 of them are essential. Addons are why I use Firefox over any other browser. Chrome has a ton of addons, but each one uses separate memory process resulting in super high memory usage. For those interested, here's a list of all my addons with descriptions and links to install: (generated by an extension )
    (Note: I used to have over 120 addons, when Firefox 4 came out I reduced them down to 88:)

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 8, 2012 at 6:05 am

      Wow, that's awesome! Thanks for sharing the list, it was interesting to browse. through.

  4. Jerry
    May 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I can't do without LastPass, Evernote, Cloud Save, and Cloud Print extensions in Chrome.

  5. Scutterman
    May 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Reading this reminded me I hadn't trimmed them in a while, so I disabled some before I counted (12).

    I have a couple of addons I use for web development, which I don't do so much of at home at the moment but I do it regularly enough to warrant keeping them enabled. There's 10 addons that I use every day, and range from spellcheck to tab management to synchronisation.

    I think three of those (Dictionary, Download Statusbar, and Exit Button Firefox) I would recommend to anyone installing firefox, the rest are just because I like to tailor the way I browse so tightly, although TabSubmit is invaluable sometimes.

  6. Dhanushka
    May 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I always install Adblock plus and Xmarks.

  7. carie
    May 7, 2012 at 5:05 am

    I only have 5, 4 of which relate to web development. Add-ons are great in that they allow you to extend your browser usage but the more you have, the longer everything takes to work, so now I only install the ones I really need.

  8. Susendeep Dutta
    May 7, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I can't do without Adblock plus and download manager addon for my Firefox.The pros of these addons are that they add much worth to my browsing needs and the cons of addons are that they sometimes interfere in our work by asking us to restart the browser and more addons clutter the interface of browser.

  9. Kyem Ghosh
    May 7, 2012 at 2:32 am

    it has been a long discussion on about the browser extensions and their effects on browsing.... N now this voting will conclude our discussions.... Well for now, I have added only 1 extension from my avast IS...

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 7, 2012 at 6:50 am

      Yes, I know this was a hot topic this week, and that's why I thought it would make an interesting poll. Talking aside, how many addons do people actually have?

      • Kyem Ghosh
        May 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

        May be 100s are created everyday around the world.... And we really get confused which one to use....

  10. CoffeeCup
    May 7, 2012 at 2:10 am

    96 in my Firefox to be precisely. For the sake of usable browser on my not-so-fast computer I enable only 49 of it that essential for my browsing. The rest is kept disable until the time of need. I know this make my Firefox memory monster...I try to disable some of it every two or three days but I can't live without it! T_T

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 7, 2012 at 6:52 am

      Wow, that's a lot of addons! I'm surprised Firefox is not terribly slow for you. I'd be curious to know what you use, but listing all of those could take forever. :)

    • Kyem Ghosh
      May 7, 2012 at 7:33 am

      firefox is the only browser to hold on numerous add-on at a tym...CoffeeCup, u r js mind blowing... How do u handle those 96 extensions???

    • 40bf9821e0d467d0c10f4686cb265737
      May 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

      I have 26 installed and 19 enabled and 1/3 of them are dictionaries. Most of the add ons I could disable, but I'm to lazy to always restart FF.
      It would be great if addons were in general restartless. Well, I looked how many addons I would have enabled if the addons were restartless and counted 10 including the dictionaries.

      My problem with addons is that I like them too much. I have to try them out and keep them when I like them even if they are practically left unused.
      I'm so addicted it's really not healthy. Luckily I sometimes get the urge to clean up FF which can be sometimes really time consuming.

  11. Tug
    May 7, 2012 at 2:03 am

    When I began reading this, I had 17. By the time I was finished, I had 10. Thanks for the spring cleaning reminder.

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 7, 2012 at 6:52 am

      Nice. :) So when you voted, did you vote like you had 17 or 10?

  12. Tug
    May 7, 2012 at 2:03 am

    When I began reading this, I had 17. By the time I was finished, I had 10.

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