Today’s Slashdot poll covers some of the same territory as this week’s Casual Fridays study. Their poll asks “How Many Hours Of Work Do You Do Per Workday?” We asked two questions that get at the same concept: How much time to you spend at work per day, and how much of that time do you spend doing non-work activities. So how do CogDaily readers compare to Slashdotters? Not very well (or very well, depending on your perspective):
It appears that Slashdot readers work much harder than CogDaily readers. Could that really be true? Or is it just an artifact of the way the question was asked? The comments section of the Slashdot article suggests that many readers interpreted the question to mean “how much time do you spend at work,” not necessarily how much of that time was actually spent working.
So, it seems, the way you ask the question is often just as important is the question you ask. On the other hand, the two different poll results could represent real differences in CogDaily’s readership versus Slashdot’s. I don’t think there’s any way to reassess CogDaily readers without spoiling the results, though. Any other explanations of why there’s such a dramatic difference in the two polls’ findings?