This recent survey from goo Research and reported on by japan.internet.com into mobile spam found that about one in four Japanese are getting multiple mobile spams per day.
Between the 22nd and 26th of April 2009 1,061 members of the goo Research monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.3% of the sample were male, 16.2% in their teens, 18.4% in their twenties, 21.7% in their thirties, 16.5% in their forties, 15.4% in their fifties, and 11.9% aged sixty or older.
I think I once got a mobile phone spam long, long ago, but as I rarely venture away from reputable company sites on my mobile, I don’t expose myself to any significant risks. How about you?
How much mobile spam do you get?
From the sample, 961 people or 90.6% used mobile phone email – note that in goo surveys usually around 95% have mobile phones, so there’s only about 5% who don’t use email on their mobiles. These 961 were asked the following.
Q1: About how much mobile phone spam email do you get? (Sample size=961)
10 or more per day 11.3% Several per day 17.6% One per day 4.2% Four to six per week 2.4% One to three per week 4.0% One to three per month 3.0% Very rarely 31.8% Never 25.1% Don’t know 0.8%
Q2: What anti-spam measures do you take on your mobile phone? (Sample size=961, multiple answer)
Votes Percentage Use service provider’s spam protection service 479 49.8% Changed my mail address 306 31.8% Use incoming mail sorting to folders function 148 15.4% Set phone to request sender and subject line only to save packet changes 42 4.4% Use other spam protection functions 14 1.5% Don’t do anything 243 25.3% Other 10 1.0%
Q3: What do you feel about mobile phone spam email? (Sample size=961)
Look forward to it 0.0% OK to get occasionally 1.1% Don’t feel anything 4.6% A little unsettling 8.8% Unsettling 26.2% Completely unsettling 59.2%