If only I could quit these wasteful habits!

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Today’s first goo Ranking is quite appropriate for New Year resolution time, a look at what wasteful habits people think if only they could quit their lives would change.

Demographics

Between the 5th and 7th of November 2012 1,049 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.8% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 14.6% in their twenties, 27.5% in their thirties, 25.1% in their forties, 11.0% in their fifties, and 11.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

My New Year resolution is number 1 on working days, as I’d like to lose about 6 or 8 kilogrammes this year. I get forced into number 2, as the spousal unit complains too much if I don’t! Number 3 I will never quit, but doing this blog feels sometimes as if I’m in number 13 territory. I should set my wallpaper to this to remind me of #1 and #2…

Sedentary Lifestyle: Couch potato
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Japan’s worst corporate customs

goo Ranking recently looked at Japan’s worst corporate customs. For many foreigners in Japanese workplaces, a harder question would be to list Japan’s best corporate customs, however!

Demographics

Between the 23rd and 26th of March 2011 1,070 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-base questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 13.1% in their twenties, 24.7% in their thirties, 23.7% in their forties, 13.3% in their fifties, and 15.0% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Although it doesn’t say in the text, the answers seem to mainly reflect women’s situation in the workplace, or perhaps it’s just that they have more complaints, a situation which I can well understand. When my wife was single, she used to have to go out drinking many evenings in the week, and her boss’s choice in pubs were usually Filipino bars…

Extreme heat and cold is another one, and this year will be even worse as many more companies will be following government advice and setting air conditioning to 28 degrees Celcius. Indeed, my place of work asked us to consider 29 degrees or more…
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Four in five start PC sessions with email

How often do you tidy up your browser bookmarks? graph of japanese statisticsHaving looked earlier in the week at how people use their PCs in the morning, this time we look with RealWorld RealResearch and japan.internet.com at web site viewing habits at home.

Demographics

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.
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Three in five wake up their PC first thing in the morning

Do you switch on your home PC on weekday mornings? graph of japanese statisticsHere’s an interesting little survey from iBridge Research Plus as reported on by japan.internet.com into the internet and habits.

Demographics

On the 26th of October 2009 exactly 300 members of the iBridge monitor group who were either in employment or students completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 76.0% of the sample were male, 9.0% were in their twenties, 31.7% in their thirties, 38.0% in their forties, 17.0% in their fifties, and 4.3% in their sixties.

I don’t switch on my home PC before leaving for work as (a) I don’t have time, and (b) if I did, I’d keep fiddling with it and be even later. However, just last week I have started enacting my latest cunning plan that may (or may not) see me firing up a PC on the train to work.

Oh, and today I was pleased to see that this doctor has an open wireless point in his office, although I don’t know if he is actually aware he is providing it…
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