Some people seem to be permanently glued to their smartphone, checking it constantly and consistently throughout the day. Other people barely even bother with their smartphone, only checking it when they absolutely have to do so.
Which of these camps do you belong to? Or are you somewhere between the two. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll, all about your personal level of smartphone usage.
Arrr, Me Hearties!
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Do You Watch Movies?”
Out of a total of 145 votes, 32.4% chose I watch pirated copies online, 29.7% chose I subscribe to Netflix/Hulu/etc., 11.7% chose I watch Blu-rays or DVDs, 11% chose I go to the movie theater, 5.5% chose I watch them on TV, 4.1% chose I don’t watch movies… they suck!, 1.4% chose I watch legal copies online, and 4.1% chose Other.
These are rather interesting results for a number of different reasons.
First, they back up our previous results suggesting MakeUseOf readers are scurvy-ridden pirates. Second, they show that legal online alternatives still aren’t enough to stop people from choosing the illegal option. Third, they suggest that while the number of people going to movie theaters is declining, cinema isn’t quite ready to die yet. Something for which, I for one, am grateful.
Comment Of The Week
Okay, here’s my two cents worth. I watch the latest releases at the cinema. I then buy the DVD/Blu-Ray when it comes out – or on sale (mostly). Then ‘archive’ it to my hard drive to watch when I want to see it again. The movie producers get their money from me twice.
BUT, and this is a HUGE caveat – where I live the cinema shows little in the way of documentary or art house and none blockbuster films, and in that case – I have access to the worlds biggest video library… The Internet!
We chose this comment because it sums up what we suspect is most people’s attitude to watching movies these days; that one size no longer fits all. In reality, we all consume movies in a number of different ways depending on availability, affordability, and our own moral compass. That is, if we watch movies at all.
Scrutinizing Smartphone Usage
And so we arrive at this week’s question, which concerns your level of smartphone usage. We simply want to know how big of a pull technology has over you. Which can be easily determined by discovering how often you check your smartphone.
That device you carry with you at all times is meant to be helpful without being a hindrance, and entertaining without being annoying. But we wonder whether you have found the right balance. Let us know by voting in the Poll and then scrolling to the comments.
Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Do you consider yourself a smartphone addict? Are you actively trying to cut down on your smartphone usage? What website or app is mostly responsible for you checking your smartphone?
The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best Comment of the Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.
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