What's the political profile of Web users? How many are willing to pay for Web access? And what talk show host to they prefer, Letterman or Leno?
Those questions have been answered in the latest Web survey, released by a research organization at Georgia Tech's College of Computing called the Graphic, Visualization & Usability Center, and some of the results may be somewhat surprising:
The group's survey, its sixth, was taken in October and November. More than 59,400 responses were collected from more than 15,000 respondents. The survey is more unique than most, because it attempts to collect detailed profiles of Net users, and that is difficult.
"The Internet represents the most viable and fertile test bed for future global interactive systems," the survey said. "Many golden opportunities are readily leveraged off knowledge of how this evolving medium is and is not being utilized and by whom."
Other findings may surprise some Net users as well. For example, the average age of users responding to the survey was 34.9 years--older than many might believe.
Fewer than half of the respondents felt more connected to people who share their interests since coming online. That seems low, given all the hype about the Net and its new sense of community, but the survey tried to put a good face on the findings.
"This provides evidence that the Internet is building new communities based on common interests instead of common geographic locations," it said.