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April 01, 2005

New Survey Shows Most Internet Users Do Not Read Blogs

A new survey by the Pew Research Foundation has found that most Internet users do not know what a blog is.

What do you read on the Internet?

1. News 16%

2. Porn 215 %

3. Friend's web sites 115%

4. Mailing Lists 8%

5. Usenet 9%

Do you read blogs? Yes: 4% No: 96%

Do you know what a blog is? Yes: 2% No: 98%

Here is a sample of responses given when asked "what is a blog?"

"A swamp." (This one was more right than he knew.)

"Where I buried the bodies."

"Meaningless chatter by navel-gazers."

"Age/sex check."

"There are women bloggers?"

"What about African American, Jewish, Asian, gay left-handed, and teen bloggers? I'm all of 'em rolled into one. We shall overcome!"

When media personalities were asked which political blogs they read, they laughed said, "The joke's on them."

Posted on April 1, 2005 at 07:57 AM | Permalink


Love it.

Posted by: Michelle Maklin at Apr 1, 2005 11:12:55 PM

Wasn't there a figure posted somewhere that about 12 to 15% of internet users read blogs...which isn't bad considering how new the form is and how many other diversions there are once you're in cyber space...from shopping to emailing your friends.

I mean sometimes I plan to blog and check my email and am diverted for hours...

I don't think the picture is quite as bleak as the bare numbers w/o some background paint it...

Posted by: NYMOM at Apr 2, 2005 10:41:13 AM