How Many Add-Ons Do You Have Installed On Your Browser? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you at what age should children own a smartphone. 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.

poll-results

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!

Comments (20)
  • Bumferry

    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

      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…

  • Jess

    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.

  • Ben

    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:)

    http://pastebin.com/s7VnsNMp

    • Yaara Lancet

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

  • Jerry

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

  • Scutterman

    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.

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