2 Channel is the bulletin board system that mkes all the news in Japan, usually for all the wrong reasons! It is a cess-it, albeit an extremely popular cess-pit, always ready to pounce on the latest scandal and spread much muck, along with the all to rare smidgeon of truth. To learn more about what people get out of these boards, japan.internet.com recently published the results of a survey by JR Tokai Express Research on the very topic of internet bulletin board usage.
On the 16th of May 2007 JR Tokai Express Research interviewed 330 people by means of a private internet-based questionnaire. 54.5% of the sample was female, 22.4% in their twenties, 36.7% in their forties, 23.9% in their forties, 10.9% in their fifties, and 6.1% in their sixties.
About the only bulletin board I’m active on these days is the Digital Point forums.
Q1: Do you view internet-based electronic bulletin boards? (Sample size=330)
Yes (to SQ1) 83.6% No 16.4%
Q1SQ1: Which kinds of internet-based electronic bulletin boards have you viewed? (Sample size=276)
Votes Percentage Bulletin board on a personal web site 197 71.4% Yahoo! or other portal site’s bulletin board 181 65.6% 2 channel or other large-scale bulletin board site (to SQ2) 181 65.6% Kakaku.com or other word-of-mouth bulletin board 178 64.5% Amazon.co.jp or other review site 154 55.8% Famous person’s or product site’s bulletin board 110 39.9% Mobile phone-targeted bulletin board 44 15.9% Hatena Bookmarks or other social bookmark site 40 14.5% Dating site bulletin board 24 8.7% Other 2 0.7%
Q1SQ2: Which large-scale bulletin board sites have you viewed? (Sample size=181)
Votes Percentage 2 channel 177 97.8% Machi BBS 42 23.2% PINK Channel 17 9.4% Amezou 8 4.4% Futaba Channel 7 3.9% Ayashii World 4 2.2% Other 1 0.6% Don’t know, can’t remmeber 8 4.4%