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SNS for maintaining friendships, not creating new ones

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Do you have an account with any SNS? graph of japanese statisticsThe third regular survey from goo Research into SNS usage, reported on by japan.internet.com, looking specifically at what friendships were present on these Social Networking Services.

Demographics

Between the 15th and 22nd of August 2013 1,086 members of the goo Research online monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.8% of the sample were male, 13.8% in their teens, 15.3% in their twenties, 21.1% in their thirties, 17.5% in their forties, and 32.3% aged fifty or older.

I was going to say that I only use SNS to keep in touch with existing friends, but then I realised most of the friends I have there are purely internet friends, so I suppose I do use SNS to make new friends.
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One in four Japanese Tweeters have more than one account

When did you start using Twitter? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently reported on a survey by goo Research into Twitter, with the focus in their short report being on multiple account holders.

Demographics

Between the 28th of June and the 2nd of July 2013 1,065 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 54.1% of the sample were male, 13.7% in their teens, 15.4% in their twenties, 21.6% in their thirties, 17.1% in their forties, 15.0% in their fifties, and 17.2% aged sixty or older.

I have three sort-of active accounts, all three tied to different blogs for autoposting only; @WhatJapanThinks is the one to follow for this blog.
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New graduates and their use of SNS

How often do you use an SNS? graph of japanese statisticsSanno Institute of Management, a private university in Japan, recently conducted a survey looking at people entering employment in 2013 and their workplace life, with the report on japan.internet.com choosing to focus on SNS activities.

Demographics

500 new starts who attended a Sanno Management School Entering the Workplace Seminar held between the 27th of March and the 10th of April were asked to fill out a questionnaire. 463 people supplied valid answers, from which 324 people, or 70.0%, were male.

I use an SNS every day, and if I got a friend request on Facebook from my boss I wouldn’t be too bothered as I use Facebook for little more than food pictures.
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Banner adverts most click-worthy in Japan

Have you ever clicked on contextual advertisements in search results? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently reported on goo Research’s 8th regular internet advertisements.

Research results

Between the 24th of May and the 3rd of June 2013 1,073 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.3% of the sample were male, 16.5% in their teens, 18.5% in their twenties, 21.2% in their thirties, 16.1% in their forties, and 27.7% aged fifty or older.

Just the last week there were some banner ads I saw that I wanted to click. They were for English lessons to improve one’s listening (I wish I could find an example again!) and one that sticks in my mind was a bartender passing a cocktail and saying “Oh ****! You *** cu*** tw**.”
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SNS usage mostly from computers, smartphone access increasing

Which device do you most frequently use SNS from? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com reported on goo Research’s second regular survey into SNS (Social Networking Service) usage.

Demographics

Between the 20th and 23rd of May 2013 1,062 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.7% of the sample were male, 13.9% in their teens, 15.9% in their twenties, 21.6% in their thirties, 16.7% in their forties, and 31.9% aged fifty or older.

My primary access is from a computer too, although my smartphone usage is catching up.
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Text communication in Japan: POP3 nearing extinction?

Sample LINE conversation with stampsA recent survey from goo Research, reported on by japan.internet.com, into text-based communication revealed carrier email ruled for mobile users, but SMS was also unexpectedly popular.

Demographics

Between the 7th and 10th of May 2013 1,073 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a mobile phone (including smartphone) based survey. 54.1% of the sample were female, 2.1% in their teens, 18.6% in their twenties, 38.3% in their thirties, 27.8% in their forties, and 13.1% aged fifty or older.

Quite frankly, I find the mobile carrier SMS figure very difficult to believe, especially as there is no such thing as free texts plans, and they cost 3.5 yen each on docomo at least, and all phones come with carrier email that is usually free and supports much longer messages than SMS. Perhaps many people think that sending an email to another mobile user is SMS? However, talking to a friend, he suggested that emoji on the iPhone are much easier to use in SMS than in email, and also LINE (pictured above) encourages people to use phone numbers, not email addresses.

I use pretty much everything listed here, except for SMS and SNS. I use Google Hangouts for social chat, which I suppose counts as a voice call service, especially now it has become a standalone app rather than the old Messenger that was grafted on to Google Plus.
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What Japanese really do with their smartphones

A survey looking at actual smartphone usage was recently published by PR Times and reported on by japan.internet.com.

Demographics

Over the 25th and 26th of March 2013 520 smartphone users completed an internet-based survey. The sample was exactly 50:50 male and female, and 20:20:20:20:20 people in the age bands teens, twenties, thirties, forties and fifties.

As I am not on an unlimited packet deal, I mostly just game on my smartphone, with the occasional SNS access when I am in a station with Wi-Fi!
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Kindle Book Store easiest to use e-bookshop

Do you know about copyright-free e-books sites? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com reported on a survey by goo Research into electronic book purchasing sites, although the column chose to highlight free e-book sites.

Demographics

Between the 5th and 10th of April 2013 1,076 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionniare. 53.2% of the sample were male, 16.5% in their teens, 18.2% in their twenties, 21.7% in their thirties, 16.1% in their forties, 15.7% in their fifties, and 11.8% aged sixty or older.

A long time ago I downloaded and read two books from Aozora, and I’ve also recently downloaded a couple from Google Books, but I am yet to read them.
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Buying drugs on the internet

Do you agree with selling drugs on the internet? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently reported on a survey conducted by Dentsu Innovation Institute into selling over-the-counter medicines on the internet. The full report is available as a PDF here.

Demographics

During March 2013 2,000 people were chosen by unspecified means to answer a PC internet-based questionnaire. The sample was 50:50 male and female, and each age band from twenties to sixties contained 200 males and 200 females.

A recent Japan Times editorial explained the situation in more detail; basically there are three categories of non-presecription drugs. The first category is for drugs that can only be sold in pharmacies, and the second and third in pharmacies or other stores with a registered sales assistant, who is obliged to provide information regarding side-effects, etc. As can be seen in Q2, the categories are very, very broad.
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Feature phones more popular than tablets for browsing

Which device do you mainly browse the web from? graph of japanese statisticsA recent survey from goo Research, reported on by japan.internet.com, looked at web site viewing, the seventh time this regular survey has been performed, and found that tablets were surprisingly (to me at least) less popular than feature phones when it came to selecting a main surfing device.

Demographics

Between the 9th and 11th of April 2013 1,090 mobile phone- (including smartphone-) using members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 57.6% of the sample were female, 3.1% in their teens, 23.1% in their twenties, 37.1% in their thirties, 25.5% in their forties, and 11.2% aged fifty or older.

I’m beginning to seriously consider using a tablet as my main tool for home, replacing my netbook, although I do need to find a decent text editor with macros in order to produce all the tables I use. If anyone has any good recommendations, I’m all ears. And no, Emacs for Android is most certainly not a good recommendation!

In Q1SQ1, I’d like to know more about why about half the smartphone users choose it as their primary surfing device, but only one in five tablet users do so. I suspect it is something to do with the smartphone being more portable thus usable on the train when commuting, and perhaps a lot of tablets are wifi only, so have less connectivity.
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