by Mike Masnick
Wed, Oct 24th 2007 9:17pm
Sean Garrett writes in to point us to the bizarre/amusing/random factoids his tech-wonk/policy shop discovered in its latest poll of internet users. As Garrett notes, this poll is "completely without an agenda." Unlike most other polls, you can check out the actual questions asked, the demographic data and other relevant info. Given the topics covered, you can pretty much figure out why there's no need for an agenda here. Beyond the headline grabbers, such as the fact that many people (and, no, this shouldn't be a shock) find stars like Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson, and Patrick Dempsey more attractive than an iPhone, there are some interesting factoids mixed in. A somewhat scary 53% of people seem to think that online video content should be regulated, with 29% thinking it should have television-style regulations. It'll come as little surprise, I imagine, that the older you are, the more likely you are to be in favor of regulating content online. While 78% of those in the 18 to 24-year-old range have a social networking profile (that's it?) only 14% say it's an important part of their identity. Why else do you think those sites are so faddish? Too bad Microsoft didn't have this kind of data before it dumped $240 million into Facebook. Only 11% of folks are actually interested in having direct mind-access to the internet, but maybe that's because they haven't tried it yet. It would certainly solve the problem of feeling disconcerted when you're not connected. There are some other fun stats in there as well, including the fact that about a quarter of people responding see the internet as a perfectly acceptable temporary replacement for a significant other. Of course, their opinion might be different if that significant other were Scarlett Johansson...
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