Wednesday, January 05, 2005

quiz feature!

I'm currently working on a paper that has me looking at research on Internet adoption among older adults. As you can imagine, people over 65 are a good deal less likely to be Internet users than people under 65. Moreover, even among those who are Internet users, people over 65 have use the Internet in more limited ways than people under 65. So if you ask Internet users if they have used the Internet to do X, users under 65 are generally more likely to say "yes" than are users over 65.

With one exception! The list of activities below was given in a poll to Internet users. For one, a significantly higher percentage users over 65 said they had used the Internet for this purpose than users under 65. What is it? Winner gets one of the ever-coveted Official JFW Virtual Kewpie Dolls.
Bank online
Buy a product
Buy or make a reservation for travel
Check sports scores or sports information
Check the weather
Get financial information
Get news
Look for information from a government website
Look for medical or health information
Look for political news or information
Look for religious or spiritual information
Participate in an online auction
Research your family's history or geneology

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Research your family's history or geneology.

It's gotta be. They're preoccupied with death, so they research geneology.

nina said...

Wait, in 14 years I am slated to be preoccupied with death?
I would have guessed the health info stuff, but those sites are notoriously user unfriendly. I eliminate the religious stuff as well because I just typed "is there a God" into google and it gave no definitive answer. So, I am going to go with *the weather*. I'm getting more and more obsessed with checking wunderground.com -- a sure sign of approaching That Age Category.

Jennifer said...

hmm... my guess is look up information on a government website.

Jessica said...

my first guess was researching family history or geneology as well. maybe....

Goesh said...

I vote for weather. I think shopping trips, visits to family members and doctors are more significant events in the lives of our Seniors, and the weather is a more important variable in their plans than with younger folks.

tina said...

My folks use the internet for their banking. I'll go with that.

Anonymous said...

Not that I think over 65s do this more than under 65s, but where does "find recipes" fit into the list of categories? I'd guess that this is one of most frequent uses of the Internet. Kim

Ann Althouse said...

It must be participate in an online auction. I'm basing this in part on the fact that Jeremy saw fit to ask the question in the first place. The answer has to be interesting in some way, or why did he bother to post? So it's not geneology or any of the other things Jeremy put on the list to try to get you to get the answer wrong. Moreover, Jeremy gives us a clue. The winner gets a "kewpie doll." A kewpie doll is a very old collectible – the sort of thing you might look for on eBay and care about if you were old. It makes sense (and it's interesting) for old folks to waste a lot of time and money on eBay. There's more crappy collectible junk that they remember having around over the years and might be interested in having in their hands once again. Also, we know that a hell of a lot of time and money is spent on eBay. Who on earth is doing all of that? To be the right answer it has to be not only that old people tend to do it, but also that younger people tend not to do it. Ergo, the answer is online auction.

Brayden said...

I'll vote for "check the weather." That's always the first thing my grandpa and grandma want to talk about on the phone.

nina said...

Ann: kewpie dolls have been in the offering on JFW for years and years. One reason I posted a comment is because I want to see if Jeremy virtually delivers on his promise and actually awards the promised item. I am hoping that weather trumps auctions and that the first to post the correct answer gets the prize, but if it turns out to be auctions, do post a virtual photo of your winnings, okay?

Anonymous said...

I saw a rather snide remark in a previous post about feral children. Anyone whose home nation (Poland) sports the highest incident rate of feral children in modern history should not be snickering about these poor little wretches. It is heart-rending to say the least - just read the following newspaper article.

"Gazeta Wyborcza" Feb. 1990

Slaskie Provence - Jakub Karlin'ska and Marek Olszweski,
both seasoned veterans of the Slaskie Constablry, broke down and wept when they responded to an anonymous call of 'unusual circumtances' near the border village of Wista yesterday morning.

Expecting the worse and given the recent increase in drug use in the Slaskie region, both men were on their toes and had guns drawn as they approached a farmestead 1 kilometer south of Wista. To their horror, the Constables found 3 ragged, long-haired children hitched to a goat cart filled with dry cow dung. The sturdiest boy, in the lead hitch of the cart, had a sign hung around his neck that read, " Dung for Sale: Put your Zloty in the can", with a can attached to the sign.

No adults were were present in the farm house and there appeared to be no indications of habitation other than torn blankets and assorted rags made into a nest-like affair in one of the back rooms,where it appears the children had been sleeping. No food scraps or dishes were on hand and it is surmised that the children would cross the Czech border to forage but plied their dung trade in Poland.

None of the children, whose estimated ages were 5,6 and 8, would speak, or couldn't speak, despite being plied with treats and gently questioned. "They gorged on candy but said not a word" reported Constable Karlin'ska. Upon removing the harness from the lead hitch child, he became severely agitated and combative and bit Constable Olszewski's shoulder. All three children were then sedated and quitely taken to an undisclosed orphanage. This crime remains under investigation with no identified suspects at present.

Tom Bozzo said...

I cheated and did a bit of research, and from the wording of the options I'm pretty sure I know what Jeremy's looking at. (Hint: a link shows up on the first page of a Google search of "internet use senior.") I conclude that the Kewpie should go to Anonymous #1, assuming s/he identifies her/himself.

knit wit said...

it would jusg have to be researching family history more than anything else. On the gyneology websites there are tons of older people looking for long lost family records- with just a few clicks you can find out the date and place of anyone's death along with their social security number and birthday. I know this b/c I am also obsessed with gyneology online and I'm only 27. I also once read a few articles in an AARP magazine and thoroughly enjoyed them without realizing what magazine I was reading. Maybe I am really over 65.

Anyway- without googling, it has to be gyneology.

jeremy said...

Knit Wit: Is "gyneology" like geneology, but where you only trace back the female ancestors of your family tree?

knit wit said...

Hey I am not great at spelling- and as I just found out- you can't edit comments after making them. But this time it looks like my spelling error has created a new word- perhaps a whole new branch of geneology itself!

claire said...

Is "geneology" like genealogy but where you only trace back the ancestors of your family tree named Gene?

Anonymous said...

so, do we have to wait for the publication to learn the correct answer? my money's on "weather".

Tom Bozzo said...

Anon., if you must know, page numbered 10 (16 of 22 in the pdf) here.

Joan said...

I would've gone with "read obituaries" but since that wasn't an option, I'm just going to sit back and watch...

jeremy said...

Yes, we have learned three things today:

(1) the correct answer to the quiz is "research your family's history or genealogy." Anon #1 wins the Kewpie doll.

(2) Per Ann, this answer is surprising only to some only because they would think me not the kind to post a "Quiz Feature!" unless it would have an answer that would be, ultimately, more surprising. Ha! Once again, just when the wise think they have figured out my zaggy ways, I get ziggy with it.

(3) Per Claire, we have proven that my pride in my ability to spell is misplaced, as, indeed, I don't know how to spell genealogy, even as I'm willing to correct the misspellings of others.

Ann Althouse said...

Sort of like the way being boring is the new way of being interesting?

jeremy said...

Boring is totally in right now, but it's been an effervescent trend that Katy and Angela's blog has been tracking for eight months now. Soon blogs will be in open warfare to see which can be the most boring. And so here's JFW, once more ahead of the curve.

Anonymous said...

That newspaper article about feral children pulled at my heart strings. Is there an established charity for feral children? I certainly would like to donate, but I have not been able to find one despite a long internet search. It is so sad that people in Poland have to use dung for heating and cooking. I recall reading an article some years ago about how dung smoke causes skin cancer. Any reader who knows of a feral children charity, please share - Helpful In New Hampshire

Anonymous said...

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=390142

Ann Althouse said...

The boring blog trend starts here.