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Last week we wanted to know who among you is using WhatsApp Do You Use WhatsApp? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Use WhatsApp? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are you using WhatsApp for your chats? Or maybe you used to and stopped following the acquisition? Scroll down and vote, it only takes a second! Read More . WhatsApp is extremely popular in some parts of the world, while almost non-existent in others. Despite that fact, one poll answer managed to get over 60% of your votes. Which one was it?

Out of 741 votes in total, 6% don’t use WhatsApp but their family or friends do, 10% used to use WhatsApp but stopped, 21% simply don’t use it, and 63% of the voters say they use WhatsApp. Quite impressive!


Comment Of The Week

Many of you told us what you like or don’t like about WhatsApp, but one story made quite an impression, and showed us how WhatsApp can truly be used for good.

The winner of best comment is Ellen O! Ellen told us about how students in class use WhatsApp and how it helps them keep in touch. She wins Comment of the Week for this comment Do You Use WhatsApp? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Use WhatsApp? [MakeUseOf Poll] Are you using WhatsApp for your chats? Or maybe you used to and stopped following the acquisition? Scroll down and vote, it only takes a second! Read More :

WhatsApp is a LIFESAVER!!! I run a study abroad program and take a group of university students to London over spring break each year. I require them all to install WhatsApp on their cell phones at the start of term. Then I set up a WhatsApp group and everyone subscribes to it and that way I send one text and everyone gets it! So convenient – and fun because each class comes up with a great name for their group! The most recent group was called “FISH AND CHICKS” because there was only one guy in the whole class – he was our “Fish!”

Originally I intended the group to be used just for important course-related communications in London but the students LOVE IT! They use it constantly throughout the semester to ask each other (and me!) questions, post photos, plan get-togethers, organize their group projects, and so on. And when the course is over, the group stays active! The students become very close over the semester – especially after spending a week together 24/7 in London getting as little sleep as humanly possible (who needs sleep when you are in LONDON?!?!) So when the semester ends, they want to keep in touch and they do it using WhatsApp!!

For example, one of the students in my Spring 2013 group graduated this term – she posted selfies in her cap and gown, everyone else sent crazy congrats, and they used WhatsApp to organize a big celebration get-together for her, and then another bash for Cinco de Mayo. I’m kept up on all their activities and successes through the group – it’s terrific! They organized a class reunion last term and absolutely ganged up on me via WhatsApp to make sure I could come!!

Basically, WhatsApp has been the best thing ever for my class!

How Big Is Your Main Computer Monitor?

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Big or small, we all use some kind of monitor in our everyday lives. Be it a huge 27″ beast or a tiny 5″ smartphone, if you’re reading this poll, you must be using some kind of monitor. So how big is your main computer monitor? The one you use most throughout the day for most of your daily activities? It doesn’t matter if it’s at home or at work, as long as it’s the one you use most throughout the day. If you simply don’t use a computer ever, there’s an option for you too!


Tell us more about the monitor you use. Do you like the size? Would you prefer a bigger or a smaller one? Why?

Image credit: Tim Samoff

  1. RedHat
    May 19, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    I use an older Dell 22 inch widescreen LCD monitor that's about 8 years old. I don't need anything bigger, but I find it difficult to use anything smaller. I'm very impressed with the color capabilities of it too, and will definitely buy Dell again.

  2. Yogiberra
    May 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    80 " Sharp TV. Using a Wireless Keyboard And Mouse.

  3. Horusbedhetys
    May 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I have my 15-inch HP laptop connected to my 46-inch Toshiba TV and I use a wireless mouse and keyboard.

  4. Quick Brown Fox
    May 13, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Does size matter?

  5. KT
    May 13, 2014 at 2:06 am

    24" on my Linux pc.
    60" plasma for my gaming/streaming pc. Wireless mouse and keyboard for some nice couch computing!

  6. Steve S
    May 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I use ONE 32" monitor. What's up with using two? Seems silly. Just cough up the dough for one quality one. Size DOES matter.

  7. Gerald B
    May 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I am suffering from cataract limited vision so I use a 22" monitor and magnify the scree 175%. I wish that I had a larger monitor so that I could view more of the page that I am working on instead of mousing around the page.

  8. suzybel
    May 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Brand new 27" Asus All-In-One, I have to sit back a bit. My other pc has a 24" Samsung and a 19" HP. A lot of real estate to cover, I sometimes have to search for my curser, hah.

  9. Xoandre
    May 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I currently use a 24" monitor as primary display, but I also have a 42" HDTV directly connected to my computer so I can stream Netflix and watch DVDs on my PC.

  10. Tux2
    May 12, 2014 at 4:32 am

    My main screen is on my laptop and is 15.1" 1080p. Although I do have a 21.5" screen on my desktop sitting right next to me that I use for other stuff (like watching movies, skype, music, etc.). I've got both of my computers hooked up via Synergy so I can use my laptop's keyboard and my mouse I have hooked to it on both computers.

  11. MrNewbie
    May 11, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    55" LG UHDTV... yeah, I'm "that" guy.

  12. Ian H.
    May 11, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    I have 3x24" monitors side-by-side. It certainly helps with Photoshop or Premiere when I can move menus and settings panels off to the side monitors and have the image on the center monitor directly in front of me. Alternately, I can surf the web, watch a movie and keep up with Twitter at the same time :)

  13. EM
    May 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I bought a Samsung T27C350 last week because my old monitor died after seven or eight years. I'm quite happy with it although I had to fiddle with the image settings somewhat. I knew that I'd try to get the biggest monitor size that was reasonable to afford, as my eyesight isn't good, and I want to avoid it getting even worse. My last screen was 22 inches; it took me a day to adjust to the larger screen size, but now I don't really notice it unless I'm doing something where the larger amount of space is very noticeable.

    Additionally, on this screen I can work in several programs side by side very comfortably, for example by reading a pdf on one side and making notes on the other, or by having a video window open while doing something that doesn't require any real concentration. The few days without a PC screen, I used a netbook or my smartphone, and while both are adequate for doing the things they're intended for, I could not spend any significant time on a screen like that.

    I couldn't use this or any monitor without running f.lux; anyone who experiences eyestrain using a screen at night or has difficulty sleeping after being on the computer late really should look it up.

    The TV function is nice too. I hadn't been using my old TV at all any more, so I got rid of it some time ago, as it really only took up space. Now I can watch an impressive amount of cable channels without needing to have a clunky device standing around. While I'm sure I won't suddenly watch TV all day, there is the occasional program that interests me, which I no longer have to rely on bad-quality web streams for. And watching DVDs on this screen (via the computer, although I could even attach a DVD player if I wanted) is really better than it ever was on my old CRT TV.

  14. Edmarjohn S
    May 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    im using a 40" samsung tv. im using a hdmi to connect it

  15. Mack
    May 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Dell UltraSharp 24in!

  16. Akash D
    May 11, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    i have a 19 inch LG monitor i mainly use it for watching movies and stuff and playing games. and for work i have a Dell Inspiron 15R which i use for programming and stuff. :)

  17. Linda S
    May 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    In my home there is the 18 inch monitor, which is the one I use most of the time and another pc with a 30 inch monitor. Frankly, I don't see any notable advantage in using the larger screen.

  18. Matt S
    May 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I've got a 27-inch Dell. I used to have two 22 inchers, but I found the multi-tasking capability reduced my productivity. Also, 27 inches is a lot better for games ;)

  19. Lovestruck
    May 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    24". Colour accuracy is the most important thing for me. Only near full gamut sRGB plus factory calibration will do. I know there's better available, but its hard to justify the cost. I have a Phillips monitor which meets my requirements, but it has shortcomings too - like most other consumer-grade screens.

  20. Greg Gil
    May 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I use a 32 inch Panasonic TV for my monitor, since I use it for streaming media as much as I use it for traditional computing tasks. I tried a 40 inch one for a monitor. It was great for media, but not so much for anything else. It was difficult to read across that wide of a screen, so I had to adjust the window to make it narrower. I do plan on replacing the Panasonic, tho. While the quality for watching video is great, it's just acceptable for use as a computer monitor, certainly not as good as others I have used.

  21. David F
    May 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    22" LCD FHD TV as monitor connected to linux PC using hdmi.

  22. Alan Wade
    May 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    My main screen is a Samsung S27C350 and my second screen is a Samsung Syncmaster 226BW. I just recently bought the 27" and cant honestly say that its any better than the Benq 24" that I gave to the wife! I only bought it because it was on sale and I couldnt resist the offer, my wife has now banned me from the computer shop so I wont have that problem again :)

  23. Rick Shortt
    May 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    My most used and favorite is my 23" Asus that has my Chrombox VESA mounted to the back and plugged into the DVI port, while my increasingly infrequently used Windows 7/Linux machine is plugged into its VGA port. This seems like a perfect size for being productive and having two or more windows up side by side. It makes the little 13" monitor I use at work seem annoyingly small and, makes me wonder if I would ever really like a small laptop like an 11" Chromebook - even though I love doing certain things on my Nexus 7 tablet. Sometimes I also use the 32" tv in the living room as a monitor, but not usually when really trying to be productive.

  24. Sudeepto D
    May 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I use a 18.5" HD monitor (yeah, yeah I know I am using a small and pixelated monitor.) But I would love to use a 21-22" FHD monitor one day because right now money constraints hinder me to buy a new monitor :( But I am happy with my monitor . I have never used dual or triple monitor setups but TBH I never really fancied using one. That's because I don't like the separation between the two monitors ; the wide bezels just make me go mad. But I know I can get other good monitors with thinner bezels as well . Anyways, I wish I had a FHD monitor because I really want to watch high quality films and play games on a FHD screen. :)

  25. Rajaa C
    May 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Mine is a 19" HP w1907 wide LCD monitor connected to a HP Pavilion Desktop running Windows 8. I am pretty happy with it's performance. Rugged and created no problem till tdate. Using it for almost 4 years now. :D Happy customer.

  26. Jonnymoe
    May 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I have:

    2x Samsung SyncMaster S23B350H (23")
    1x Samsung SyncMaster 2032BW (20")

    the 20" is mainly used for XBMC or having some sort of media player running while using the other two screens for work...or it gets used for battlelog during gaming on BF4.

  27. Ron
    May 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I use 2 - 24" monitors side by side. I use a number of programs simultaneously, and having 2 eliminates the need for constant Alt-Tab, makes drag and drop copying and pasting a breeze, instantly pausing the music when the phone rings, etc. I also use DisplayFusion Pro 5.1.1, further creating ease and flexibility in the arrangement of the monitors. I have found an awesome quantity and quality of wallpapers, both for 2 monitors separately and for spreading across the 2 monitors, making my desktop(s) feel like an art gallery.

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