tried to eat the safe banana (thefourthvine) wrote,
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[Poll] Some of your favorite things?

A few weeks ago, Best Beloved was at her library talking to a patron. The patron explained that she was in a big hurry to go out and buy a new TV, because her main TV had broken, and she had another TV that was just as good, but she felt weird not having a backup. (Keep in mind that this patron lives alone.)

Best Beloved was surprised by this. When she relayed it to me, I was also surprised. But then, we are not exactly normal in our relationship to television. (For Best Beloved, it's like an old friend who she's always happy to see, but rarely actually does see. For me, it's like an acquaintance who leads a fascinating life in a distant land and occasionally takes a break from it to come to my house and punch me in the mouth.)

Fortunately, I know a large group of people who have, if not a normal relationship with television, at least a more normal one. So I thought I'd ask you about this backup TV thing. Plus some other nosy questions about technology, because I care enough to be inappropriately curious about your life!

Poll #1419179 Televisions

First, and most important: if you had a backup TV as good as your main TV, and your main TV broke, would you buy a new one?

Immediately! Because if the backup also breaks, then I won't have a TV!
6(0.8%)
Probably within a week or so. Redundancy is good. Redundancy is good.
19(2.6%)
Eventually. When there was a sale or something. What's the hurry?
128(17.9%)
No. I live life on the edge.
100(13.9%)
I cannot imagine a circumstance in which I would have a backup TV.
439(61.2%)
Other. Nothing is simple with me.
25(3.5%)

How many people live in your place of residence, including you? (If you live in a dorm or wherever, only count the people who actually share your room.)

Mean: 2.43 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.40
0(0.0%)
1
221(31.0%)
2
204(28.6%)
3
134(18.8%)
4
101(14.2%)
5
40(5.6%)
6
5(0.7%)
7
5(0.7%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
2(0.3%)
11
1(0.1%)
12
0(0.0%)
13
0(0.0%)
14
0(0.0%)
15
0(0.0%)
16
0(0.0%)
17
0(0.0%)
18
0(0.0%)
19
0(0.0%)
20
0(0.0%)

How many of those people are under the age of two?

Mean: 1.24 Median: 1 Std. Dev 0.86
1
42(91.3%)
2
1(2.2%)
3
1(2.2%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
2(4.3%)

How many TVs do you (or your family) own?

Mean: 1.90 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.17
1
329(49.3%)
2
184(27.6%)
3
87(13.0%)
4
42(6.3%)
5
15(2.2%)
6
6(0.9%)
7
3(0.4%)
8
1(0.1%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

How many computers (desktops, laptops, netbooks) do you (or your family) own? (Functioning ones. The Computer Graveyard in the back closet does not count.)

Mean: 3.10 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.79
1
128(17.9%)
2
197(27.5%)
3
146(20.4%)
4
104(14.5%)
5
72(10.1%)
6
33(4.6%)
7
18(2.5%)
8
10(1.4%)
9
2(0.3%)
10
6(0.8%)

Check all that apply.

I have a TV in every main room in my dwelling. (Like, bathrooms and closets and such don't count.)
0(0.0%)
I have a (working) computer for every main room in my dwelling.
20(2.8%)
I have cable.
48(6.8%)
I have Netflix or equivalent.
31(4.4%)
I have a satellite dish.
14(2.0%)
I have a TiVo or DVR.
5(0.7%)
I have a video game console.
27(3.8%)
I have many special things. My home is a wonderland.
9(1.3%)
None of the above applies to me. I lead a simple but fulfilling life!
75(10.6%)
I am a Luddite. (Feel free to explain how you are taking this poll.)
2(0.3%)

More check boxes for your checking pleasure!

I wish I watched less TV.
11(2.1%)
I wish I watched more TV. (Not that you had time to do so. That's a whole different thing.)
58(11.2%)
I wish I spent less time online or playing on the computer.
151(29.1%)
I wish I spent more time online or playing on the computer. (Again, not that you had time to.)
29(5.6%)
I leave the TV on when I'm doing other things.
70(13.5%)
I leave the TV on all day.
3(0.6%)

How many hours of TV do you watch during a week? Recorded stuff, DVRed stuff, movies at home, stuff you watch on hulu at your computer - it all counts.

0.
32(4.5%)
1-4.
201(28.2%)
5-8.
176(24.6%)
9 - 12.
116(16.2%)
13 - 16.
62(8.7%)
17 - 20.
41(5.7%)
21 - 24.
30(4.2%)
25 - 28.
20(2.8%)
29 - 32.
10(1.4%)
33 - 36.
9(1.3%)
37 - 40.
4(0.6%)
More than 40 hours per week. Possibly I get paid for watching TV. You don't know.
13(1.8%)

You have to give up one. Otherwise, you will lose both.

TV. (Including DVDs and TV on the computer and so on.)
643(90.8%)
Computers for recreation, including any means of going online. (So you can have a phone, but not one that connects to the internet. And so on.)
65(9.2%)

Finally, please choose a chunk of text.

You're a kitty!
218(31.4%)
No, I'm a kitty.
126(18.1%)
Put it in the kitty.
69(9.9%)
I was young, and the cat didn't mind.
127(18.3%)
Doggies.
155(22.3%)
Tags: [poll], [real life]
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