For many of us, the Internet has become an integral part of everyday life. To the point that we wouldn’t actually know how to function if we lost access to the arsenal of online tools we use on a regular basis.
However, there remains the possibility of having too much of a good thing. And maybe you are spending too long online each week. In order to find out, we want to hear about your online habits. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
Happy In The App Store
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 Discover New Apps?”
Out of a total of 216 votes, 42.1% chose Browsing The App Store, 16.2% chose A Particular Website, 15.7% chose Recommendations From Friends, 13% chose An App Discovery App, 6% chose Social Networking Sites, 6.5% chose Other, and 0.5% chose I Don’t Do Apps.
It seems most of you head straight for the app store of your chosen operating system in order to discover new apps. Which means those curated lists of recommended apps can make or break a new entry. Websites including MakeUseOf clearly have a part to play too, as do friends and family who are keen to recommend their favorite new apps.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Peter, Paul, and Michael Dowling. Comment Of The Week goes to B.Posh, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
I usually do most of my research for a new app from my desktop by using web searches to turn up lots of recommendations and reviews for apps that do what I’m looking for including ones that are not included in the Play Store. I like “Best of” type reviews where several apps are highlighted and compared by an independent reviewer. I find such info on sites like makeuseof.com (my favorite), android.stackexchange.com, lifehacker.com, androidtapp.com, androidauthority.com but I use the web search to get the list from which to choose.
I get recommendations from other android users too, then do my research, then go to the Play Store to install it.
We chose this comment because it shows how one reader uses a variety of sources for discovering new apps. This includes Web searches, specific websites (including us), and recommendations from friends. We especially like the fact that even an app recommended by a friend is subject to research before installation. It is, after all, better to err on the side of caution.
Are you Addicted to the Internet?
Internet addiction is a growing problem. You have only got to witness groups of schoolchildren wandering aimlessly down the road all using their smartphones while ignoring each other to see this in action. But whether you’re addicted to the Internet or not, we want to know how long you spend online on an average week.
There is no need to conduct a time and motion study, as we’re not asking for accurate numbers. Just give us your best guesstimate and we’ll fill in the blanks. We would also like to know how your Internet usage corresponds to your age, so be sure to let us know roughly how old you are in the comments section below.
Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way.
It’s very important that as well as voting in the Poll you take to the comments section to tell us how old you are. Don’t worry, we’re not looking for exact numbers, but knowing what generation you belong to will help us draw more interesting conclusions from the Poll. In other words, voting in the Poll tells us something, but adding detail in the comments section below tells us a whole lot more.
The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we meet back here again this time next week.
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