One in four Japanese never clean their mice

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About how often do you clean your computer's mouse? graph of japanese statisticsHere’s an interesting little survey from Marsh Inc and reported on by japan.internet.com into computer maintenance, looking in particular at cleaning one’s PC and accessories.

Demographics

Between the 2nd and 5th of July 2009 300 members of the Marsh monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, 1.3% were in their teens, 18.7% in their twenties, 20.0% in their thirties, 20.0% in their forties, 20.0% in their fifties, and 20.0% aged sixty or older.

I think the survey is looking at home computers, although there is no clear statement in the article to say that it is.

I must admit to only cleaning my PC once a year, although about once a month I do clean the fluff off the bottom of the mouse.

Research results

Q1: About how often do you clean your computer’s main body? (Sample size=300)

Almost every day 3.7%
One to three times a week 10.7%
Once a month 12.0%
Once a year 4.7%
When I notice it needs cleaning 42.7%
When I exchange parts 4.0%
Never 22.3%

Q2: About how often do you clean your computer’s keyboard? (Sample size=300)

Almost every day 2.7%
One to three times a week 12.3%
Once a month 14.3%
Once a year 2.3%
When I notice it needs cleaning 53.0%
When I exchange parts 5.0%
Never 10.3%

Q3: About how often do you clean your computer’s mouse or other pointing device? (Sample size=300)

Almost every day 1.0%
One to three times a week 7.3%
Once a month 9.3%
Once a year 3.0%
When I notice it needs cleaning 36.0%
When I exchange parts 20.0%
Never 23.3%
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2 comments »

  1. Joe said,
    July 11, 2009 @ 00:38

    Never ever have i cleaned my mouse, and I’m a PC Gamer :\

  2. Taro 3Yen said,
    July 11, 2009 @ 13:38

    The wording of the question, “Q3: About how often do you clean your computer’s mouse or other pointing device?,” skews the results. Does Q3 mean taking apart the mouse to clean out the gunk or just wiping off the KY Jelly from the outside of the mouse after a long hard session of work? ;-)

    Like most newer desktop computers, I have a laser mouse which doesn’t need internal cleaning so, “Never 23.3%” makes sense. In addition, the majority of computers now bought in Japan are notebook computers with trackpads that don’t need cleaning either.

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