There are many reasons why I have a personal philosophy of refusing to take part in online surveys. One of the reasons is because of the ridiculous questions they ask. For example:
“How would you rate the location of this property?”
The criteria that each person would use in answering this question would be so different that one person’s answer is quite meaningless to another. An out of town contractor stays at a motel next door to a sewerage treatment plant that he his working on. Location of this property? Excellent!
Today’s poll …
Do you think that participating in an online survey is a meaningful thing to do?
Further proof that the world has gone survey mad. My ISP was recently bought out by another ISP, and in the process the spelling of my surname got messed up. I let the new ISP know of the error, and after fixing a one character typo, I’m asked to complete a survey to rate the quality of service!
[This content was originally posted to Google Buzz, #178]
Labour Senator John Faulkner on federal Labor’s reliance on focus groups …
“There is, however, something deeply wrong when we use polling to determine our party’s policies, and even our values”
Unfortunately this is a natural consequence of a society that has become obsessed with surveys that seek to measure perceptions rather than facts.People of the world, let’s fight back. The next time you’re invited to participate in any kind of subjective survey, just say no.
[This content was originally posted to Google Buzz, #148]