Over the 27th and 28th of October 2009 1,012 members of the RealWorld RealResearch monitor group successfully completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 64.0% of the sample were male, 6.0% in their teens, 9.5% in their twenties, 10.3% in their thirties, 40.9% in their forties, 18.5% in their fifties, and 14.8% aged sixty or older. That does seem a bit of curiously top-heavy demographic.
When I start up my PC the first thing I do is launch my mail clients (yes, I run two clients to keep my blogging world separate from my family) and my browser, hit the mail check buttons then minimise the mail clients, so end up viewing the browser first, which starts up with the Opera speed dial page, technically, I suppose, a blank page.
I don’t bookmark many sites, but my wife has hundreds of the things which slow down Internet Explorer something rotten, taking over 10 seconds to open a page. I should teach her about sub-folders for bookmarks, but I really haven’t got the energy.
Q1: What is the first thing you do after switching on your home computer? (Sample size=1,012)
Email check 79.5% View web site 16.9% Game 0.6% Instant messenger 0.4% RSS reader check 0.4% Television 0.3% Other 0.9% Don’t have a personal-use computer 0.9% Don’t have any computer at home 0.1%
The next question excluded the 12 people above who didn’t have their own computer.
Q2: What start page do you have set on your browser? (Sample size=1,000)
Blank page 10.4% Yahoo! or other portal 77.3% Ordinary site 4.7% News site 3.2% Own web site, blog, bulletin board 1.5% Shopping site 1.0% Auction site 0.7% Ordinary blog 0.4% Family, friend’s web site, blog, bulletin board 0.3% 2ch bulletin board 0.3% SNS 0.1% Ordinary bulletin board 0.0% Movie sharing site 0.0% Chat-related 0.0% Don’t know 0.1%
The next question appears to omit 71 people who didn’t use bookmarks or even didn’t use a browser at all. Although if there were non-browser users, wouldn’t Q2 have picked them up?
Q3: How often do you tidy up your browser favourites, bookmarks, etc? (Sample size=929)
Often 29.6% Sometimes 50.8% Rarely 13.5% Never 6.0% Don’t know 0.1%