What Type of Technology User are You?

The following was posted on the Textually website:

“The Pew Internet and American Life Project found that adult Americans are broadly divided into three groups: 31% are elite technology users, 20% are moderate users and the remainder has little or no use of the Internet or cellphones.

But Americans are divided within each group, according to a Pew analysis of 2006 data released Sunday. The high-tech elites, for instance, are almost evenly split four ways into:

– “Omnivores,” who fully embrace technology and express themselves creatively through blogs and personal Web pages.

– “Connectors,” who see the Internet and cellphones as communications tools.

– “Productivity enhancers,” who consider technology as largely ways to better keep up with their jobs and daily lives.

– “Lackluster veterans,” those who use technology frequently but aren’t thrilled by it.”

Try taking the test yourself and see where you fit in. I’m going to wager that you too are an Omnivore. Perhaps DEN needs to consider adapting an Omnivore mascot to reflect this!

‘Stay Tuned and Stay Connected!’

If you want to see where you fit, try taking the short quiz at the Pew Internet. Not surprisingly my results indicate that I’m an Omnivore. I make up 8% of the public. However, I’m not sure I fit into any of the following descriptors of Omnivores: ‘male, median age 28 (yeah, I WISH!), and student’.

Comments

  1. Neene

    Being born on the cusp of the computer generation, I try to be an omnivore. I spend many hours before my computer both professionally and for fun. I definitely feel that I am a digital native.

  2. Brian

    Without taking the survey, I can see myself in all categories. I can’t just pin down my use of technology into any one of the categories. If I say I’m an “omnivore” does that mean that I am not if I see a peice of technology that I am not “thrilled” about? I see myself as a connector as well, using a variety of tools to connect with others and to connect others to others. I know, this is what is meant by “omnivore” but I’m not comfortable with using labels to define what type of user someone is at any one time. I think we live in a technology continuum. Users move up and down that continuum based on their experience.

    Just some thoughts.

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