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INTERNET METAPHORS: What are they and why we use them???

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The nature of the World Wide Web is unfamiliar to most people. In order to make sense of this foreign environment people describe the unfamiliar in terms of the familiar. Metaphors are often used for this purpose.

What is your DAILY Internet usage (average?

8% (2) Essentially none
12% (3) About 30 min/day
28% (7) About 60 min/day
4% (1) About 90 min/day
48% (12) More than 2 hrs/day

25 voters have answered this question.

What is your Internet skill level?

8% (2) Novice
44% (11) Intermediate
32% (8) Advanced
16% (4) Expert

25 voters have answered this question.

How can you describe the Internet in terms of...?

88% (22) OPEN PLACE (i.e. Having no confining boundaries; e.g. Ocean, road, highway, path, net, web etc.)
12% (3) CLOSED PLACE (i.e. Having distinct borders or shape; e.g. Library, building, town-hall, marketplace,
12% (3) ANIMATE OBJECT (Living animal, plant or person; e.g. Spider, worm, animal, etc.)
20% (5) INANIMATE OBJECT (e.g. Tool, machine, food, container, game, device, etc.)
0% (0) None of the above

25 voters have answered this question.

Now, select any 3 of the metaphors mentioned below

46% (12) ocean
0% (0) road
23% (6) highway
3% (1) path
30% (8) net
46% (12) web
19% (5) library
3% (1) building
3% (1) town-hall
19% (5) marketplace
15% (4) storehouse
11% (3) spider(net)
0% (0) worm
7% (2) animal
23% (6) tool
15% (4) machine/mechanism
3% (1) food
3% (1) container
15% (4) game
11% (3) device

26 voters have answered this question.

How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of SPACE (e.g. cyberspace, robots etc)?

8% (2) 1
4% (1) 2
17% (4) 3
17% (4) 4
21% (5) 5
8% (2) 6
21% (5) 7

23 voters have answered this question.

How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of HIGHWAY (e.g. map, travel, road, ramps, etc)?

8% (2) 1
4% (1) 2
20% (5) 3
25% (6) 4
20% (5) 5
12% (3) 6
8% (2) 7

24 voters have answered this question.

How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of WATER (e.g. ocean, surf, reservoir etc.)?

12% (3) 1
16% (4) 2
25% (6) 3
20% (5) 4
16% (4) 5
0% (0) 6
8% (2) 7

24 voters have answered this question.

How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of POLITICAL PHENOMENON (e.g. town-hall, village, etc.)?

16% (4) 1
16% (4) 2
12% (3) 3
20% (5) 4
4% (1) 5
20% (5) 6
8% (2) 7

24 voters have answered this question.

How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of COMMERCIAL PHENOMENON (e.g. marketplace, shopping mall, etc.)?

9% (2) 1
9% (2) 2
13% (3) 3
9% (2) 4
31% (7) 5
13% (3) 6
13% (3) 7

22 voters have answered this question.

How likely would you be to think of the Internet in terms of ANIMALIA (e.g. spider, worm, virus etc.)?

16% (4) 1
12% (3) 2
29% (7) 3
8% (2) 4
12% (3) 5
16% (4) 6
4% (1) 7

24 voters have answered this question.

Indicate your Sex:

45% (11) Male
54% (13) Female

24 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2003-12-05 20:28:54 by Emma_
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