You probably watch more television than you should. Don’t worry, we all do. It’s a pastime that requires no effort other than occasionally lifting the remote control. Hence its popularity. Whether this is a good thing or not is a discussion for another day, but what we’re interested in is what brand of TV you currently own.
Facebook Experiments With Mistrust
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, “Which Tech Company Do You Trust The Least?”
Out of a total of 997 votes, 31.4% chose Google, 8.1% chose Microsoft, 11.4% chose Apple, 1.2% chose Sony, 4% chose Samsung, 38.5% chose Facebook, 0.8% chose Twitter, 1.5% chose Amazon, and 3% chose Other.
This suggests Facebook is by far the least trusted tech company on the planet, with Google not far behind. This poll was run just after it was revealed Facebook conducts social experiments on its users, which probably skewed the results somewhat. We suspect that, were we to run this poll again at a later date, Google would triumph by virtue of its undeniable ubiquitousness.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from G_known, Mathew P, and B.. Comment Of The Week goes to Peter F, who won with this comment:
I chose Microsoft as the company I trust the LEAST. Let me explain why.
This question is great because most of the usual suspects (google,facebook, etc) always seem to be in the news in one form or another with stories of how they are “selling our information” or using strange misguided experiments to gauge our emotional state and so on and so on. While my first instinct was to smash the keypad with FACEBOOK or GOOGLE I stopped and thought about in a slightly different way.
Was I surprised when I heard the news of Facebook selling my info or deciding what I read on my feed? no. Did I gasp in horror when it was announced that Google snooping on folks with wifi? A little but not enough to make me spit my coffee over laptop…
While the likes of Facebook and Google hold all our information (or at least what we offer to them) I am not surprised that this info is used for the benefit of said businesses. We, the user, give them our personal information to use as they wish – although I would agree they push the limits sometimes.
I chose Microsoft for different reasons though.
For years the majority of us have used the world changing operating systems of Windows and yet, even today there are many users who suffer from crashes, stalls and constant, never ending streams of updates and upgrades. Systems that are seen as the easiest to manipulate and “hack into” or more recently are being cast aside(vista..xp?) and left vulnerable by one of the biggest companies in the world, while the only option to upgrade is to use a whole new unfamiliar system (windows 8) that appears to be the scorn of the internet (it is getting harder to find a window 7 based pc in shops these days).
There are more pages of the web hurling abuse at W8 than in praise and yet for those looking to buy new products have very little option but to bite the bullet and are forced to use yet another “unfinished” product.
I know this sounds like I’m just bashing Microsoft – but I don’t mean to. They have many good points as well, but I just don’t trust them to offer me a product that is worth the money asked.
The service Microsoft offer is not value for money, offers a lot but generally delivers little when the same old ERROR messages and CRASHES occur time after time.
If I am allowed to greatly over-exaggerate the issue: they are the equivalent of a cowboy builder, but for many they are the only viable option when Apple are too expensive, CHROME lacks offline and LINUX is just a strange word saved only for Scrabble experts.
For those, like me, who just want a PC to work and do the things I want without fear of failing at the worst moment…. Microsoft is the least trustworthy option but the one forced into our hands each and every time.
We appreciate the thinking outside of the box displayed in this comment. Google and Facebook are undoubtedly the most obvious options to choose, but this comment represents a strong argument as to why Microsoft also cannot be trusted.
Branding Your TV
Televisions are the centerpiece of most homes. Many people now own TV sets with large screens, which can take up a sizable chunk of a living room. What’s more, all chairs point in the direction of the TV, suggesting that watching the gogglebox in the corner of the room is the main form of entertainment for all the family.
With this in mind we want to know what brand of TV is currently the most popular among the MakeUseOf readership. There are seven household names to choose from, as well as the option to add a brand of television not listed in the poll. We really are too good to you.
Please use the poll above to tell us what brand of TV you currently own, and then take to the comments section below to tell us your reasons for picking that brand over all the others available. Use the opportunity to argue the case for your chosen brand!
Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week. So put some thought into your contribution to the discussion… monosyllabic responses tend not to be chosen for obvious reasons.
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