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Devices and browsers - how are you completing surveys?

A dial-up modem connected to a chunky desktop computer used to be the only way we could make use of the Internet in our homes. Today, we have smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and even smart refrigerators to surf the net on. With all these choices, we were interested to find out if the way in which you are completing surveys is changing.

Looking at all the different devices and browsers Cafestudy members are using by taking a sample from recent surveys, we found that computers are still by far the most popular way to complete surveys. Despite all of the available alternatives, 81% were using computers to complete their surveys, with just 10% on tablets and 9% on smartphones. However, not everyone is permanently stuck in old habits – compared to last year, the number of respondents on mobile devices has grown by 47%. Disappointingly, nobody was found to be adventuring and completing surveys on their fridge!

When it comes to differences between age groups, in general, completing surveys on computers increases with age, while usage of mobile devices decreases with age. 35-44 year olds were the most likely to be using a tablet while 16-24 year olds were the least likely. Smartphone use was highest amongst 25-34 year olds, with over a quarter using them to complete their surveys.

The top three browsers used on computers were Chrome (42%), Internet Explorer (28%) and Firefox (21%). Younger people were more likely to be using Chrome, whereas the use of Internet Explorer rose with age. When it comes to how often different browser users update their versions, the vast majority of Safari users (80%) are using the latest version of Safari, whereas Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox users were far less likely to have updated their versions recently. In particular Firefox users were slack to update, with only 2% using the latest version of Firefox and 74% using Firefox from 3 or 4 versions ago.

With all the combinations of devices and browsers, we are spoilt for choice when using the web. Despite computers still being the favourite option, smartphones and tablets are quickly gaining in popularity. Different ages have also shown to have different preferences for both devices and for browsers, with the general trend of computer usage increasing with age. It will be interesting to see what devices prevail and whether using a desktop computer for online surveys will become less popular as time goes on. But for now, it seems as though it remains well-loved and relevant.

Last reply: 29th Dec 2015 / 19 replies / Post by Cafestudy Admin

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dav

Posted by: dav
Posted: 19th Aug 2014

dav says: iv done dozens of these surveys but they keep sending you the same surveys againg, again. wollworths,target,coles, all saying you have won a Gift card $1,000.00 but is NOT TRUE THEY ARE SCAMS FROM THE RESEARCH COMPANYS.ONLY. THEN THERE IS THE ONES WHERE YOU HAVE TO PAY $35.00 FOR A GIFT CARD YOU HAD WON? WHAT A RIP OFF? COLES WOLLWORTHS,TARGET? Reply

Gerry

Posted by: Gerry
Posted: 4th Oct 2014

dav says: iv done dozens of these surveys but they keep sending you the same surveys againg, again. wollworths,target,coles, all saying you have won a Gift card $1,000.00 but is NOT TRUE THEY ARE SCAMS FROM...

Gerry says: There are many good survey sites, I earn close to 2000 dollars a year.
been doing them for 6 years now. The ones u mentioned sound suspect. Reply

pthompson2116

Posted by: pthompson2116
Posted: 7th Jul 2015

Gerry says: There are many good survey sites, I earn close to 2000 dollars a year.
been doing them for 6 years now. The ones u mentioned sound suspect.

pthompson2116 says: How on earth do you manage to do $2000 worth of surveys per year? I manage a $20 gift card every 6 weeks or so and I thought I was doing well.

My big gripe is irrelevant or useless rewards such as I-tunes cards or gift cards for stores where $20 wouldn't buy a shoelace. I have learned to examine the reward selections of survey sites early and if nothing is useful then I drop out before I waste time on them. Reply

Gerry

Posted by: Gerry
Posted: 8th Jul 2015

pthompson2116 says: How on earth do you manage to do $2000 worth of surveys per year? I manage a $20 gift card every 6 weeks or so and I thought I was doing well.

My big gripe is irrelevant or useless rewards...

Gerry says: I am retired so have much spare time to do them. Valuedopinions.com.au Globaltestmarket.com Surveyvillage.com.au https://www.mintsurveys.com.au all give you a choice of rewards 4 top ones. I do not use iTunes but did sell them a long time ago on Gumtree at 25% discount. Hope this helps a bit, Gerry. Reply

pthompson2116

Posted by: pthompson2116
Posted: 7th Jul 2015

Gerry says: There are many good survey sites, I earn close to 2000 dollars a year.
been doing them for 6 years now. The ones u mentioned sound suspect.

pthompson2116 says: How on earth do you manage to do $2000 worth of surveys per year? I manage a $20 gift card every 6 weeks or so and I thought I was doing well.

My big gripe is irrelevant or useless rewards such as I-tunes cards or gift cards for stores where $20 wouldn't buy a shoelace. I have learned to examine the reward selections of survey sites early and if nothing is useful then I drop out before I waste time on them. Reply

frilly

Posted by: frilly
Posted: 14th Sep 2015

pthompson2116 says: How on earth do you manage to do $2000 worth of surveys per year? I manage a $20 gift card every 6 weeks or so and I thought I was doing well.

My big gripe is irrelevant or useless rewards...

frilly says: The sites that say they are Woolworths, Coles, Aldi etc offering large sums of money are after your eail address & thro you they then have all your contacts. Do not even fill them in if you don't want to be bothered by the people on the other side.
I was caught by this, I thought I wold just fill in the face & not even fill the "NO"s on the back.
The number of telephone calls I received saying I had asked them to call, they were so bad tempered too. One lady calmed down & decided to ask me questions, I promised her I had never asked anyone to call, she explained they payed these Companies on the back for catching these Forward Retail contacts & possible Sale, that is why they have this big offered as an enticement to us. The other thing we are giving them all our Personal details to take over our Identity. This was pointed ot to me by one of the Survey Companies. We can get back to them but not these Proze People. It is each & everyones choice but after I received all the alls that I did not request. I will not even attempt the front. Reply

NissC

Posted by: NissC
Posted: 3rd Sep 2014

NissC says: I dare say not many even get read Reply

Sil

Posted by: Sil
Posted: 7th Oct 2014

Sil says: Im actually down to only 2 survey companies, its becoming too hard & time consuming to finish surveys. Points take a long time to accumilate to anything worth redeeming. I jsut think with two kids under 5 i just can't fit them in. Then my husband says im being antisocial if i do it at home while i bed Reply

frilly

Posted by: frilly
Posted: 9th Oct 2014

Sil says: Im actually down to only 2 survey companies, its becoming too hard & time consuming to finish surveys. Points take a long time to accumilate to anything worth redeeming. I jsut think with two kids...

frilly says: I complete dozens of surveys there are no scams with genuine surveys they pay up OK when you reach the required number of points I also earn very good sum of money through the year,The points awarded seem few bt when you are completing surveys for a number of companies it is amazing how many times yo have $100 to collect.
Even the ones where $20 Coles or Woolworth's vouchers are awarded then it is lovely to see the grocery bill go down.
Those so called Woolworth's & Coles surveys yo see asking to be filled in for price money. They are after your information to give it out to all the Companies they ask you to give Yes or No answers to be contacted by them. These are the questions that come after the ones of the Personal details. Ignore them
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frilly

Posted by: frilly
Posted: 9th Oct 2014

Sil says: Im actually down to only 2 survey companies, its becoming too hard & time consuming to finish surveys. Points take a long time to accumilate to anything worth redeeming. I jsut think with two kids...

frilly says: Did you vanish my reply I spent so long typing it out. That is so very very upsetting I was signed in I was asked & did ot.
That was so difficult to type I am developing Macular degeneration & the shadows on my keyboard ar night are shocking. I rely on my spell checker all the time because the shadows are so ifficlt to see through
I am having great difficulty seeing anything now at all clearly Reply

seranita

Posted by: seranita
Posted: 13th Sep 2015

frilly says: Did you vanish my reply I spent so long typing it out. That is so very very upsetting I was signed in I was asked & did ot.
That was so difficult to type I am developing Macular degeneration &...

seranita says: As far a I can see your reply came through twice Frilly. Keep up the good work Frilly do not be discouraged.Nice to hear from you. Reply

DanishTina

Posted by: DanishTina
Posted: 10th Oct 2014

DanishTina says: I tend to complete surveys on my lap top. Have been caught out in the past when trying to do them on my smart phone. Have received messages saying survey was incompatible with device only to then find when trying to do survey on computer instead I'm told I'm ineligible as I've already 'completed' survey. Either that or survey is suddenly no longer available to me at all. Very annoying. I wish all surveys would say on the invitation whether or not they are able to be completed via smart phone and which operating systems are ok. I have windows and sometimes only android or iphone O/S are eligible. Reply

phoenix

Posted by: phoenix
Posted: 4th May 2015

DanishTina says: I tend to complete surveys on my lap top. Have been caught out in the past when trying to do them on my smart phone. Have received messages saying survey was incompatible with device only to then...

phoenix says: If you install firefox (for mobile) on your phone or tablet device, and the survey says "pc or laptop only" then this option can help. But not in all case's. I am not a techy person just some one whom try's a lot of ideas Reply

frilly

Posted by: frilly
Posted: 13th Sep 2015

DanishTina says: I tend to complete surveys on my lap top. Have been caught out in the past when trying to do them on my smart phone. Have received messages saying survey was incompatible with device only to then...

frilly says: I think you are safer to complete any survey you want to do on your computer. I see often saying it is possible to use your phone. Things can go wrong so easily for you though when attempted on the phone & I too have discovered we are allowed only one try at these surveys. I have been told go back they are still open but the computer is in charge & decides definitely "No". It is so frustrating when you have spent 30 mins or more.
Another thing I have noticed recently is that I have finished surveys & then I am told I have completed this survey presently & they have a completed survey, I have written in but no answers & no payment. They are surveys that is difficult to say I have already completed as I done so many for so many different Companies.
Has anyone ever had the problem when either the survey has been completed & you are just closing when a message comes that this survey is no longer needed, your level of people had been filled already? s. I am asking as it has happened several times recently. I have asked why did it happen "After" the survey was totally completed they must have known when we were well into it.
There has been no aswer to my questions or payment
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Coco

Posted by: Coco
Posted: 5th Feb 2015

Coco says: I see some, many indeed who do surveys on their hi tech phones but as an older person whose eyes are getting a bit weary I use only my desktop PC's with fast Win 8.1 Firefox is my no 1 preference browser and my largest best resolution monitors.
That's just to give my eyes a break otherwise I would only be good for 1 survey a day, but using big screens and fast response connections I can get several done each day and supplement my pension.
How the younger set and kids do surveys on those little fiddly screens just beats me. Reply

Burnt Out Digger

Posted by: Burnt Out Digger
Posted: 26th Apr 2015

Burnt Out Digger says: I prefer to do surveys on my pc. Reply

3lions

Posted by: 3lions
Posted: 18th May 2015

Burnt Out Digger says: I prefer to do surveys on my pc.

3lions says: I agree, and have never beened scammed...the old saying if it looks to good to be true? It usually is....and never ever click on LINKS for emails your not sure about.

Cheers,
Lisa Reply

Trinis

Posted by: Trinis
Posted: 14th Aug 2015

Trinis says: I do plenty of surveys and pick gift cards to redeem with the points I make. I do it as a hobby and to learn about new products and services. It can be interesting, some companies I have stopped doing them for though, as they were too repetitive all the time. Reply

seranita

Posted by: seranita
Posted: 13th Sep 2015

seranita says: I am in the senior bracket however I prefer to use my tablet, but as some of you mention not all surveys are suitable and we have to come to the PC. Reply

annie

Posted by: annie
Posted: 29th Dec 2015

annie says: I have a number of good site that I use to do my surveys,I have been lucky enought to earn vouchers and have even received some cheques for doing these surveys.
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