We’ve all had the experience of a completely infuriating electronic form. My “favorite” example is a calendar application I once had that wouldn’t let me delete numbers in certain places: there had to be something in the box, and you couldn’t even delete a number temporarily to replace it with a new one. The only way to change a number was to carefully select the whole number with the mouse, then type the new number in. This is a very annoying step when you’re trying to schedule an appointment with someone over the phone.
But I’m wondering if some of us are better than others at filling in electronic forms. Do some people just have a knack for getting it right? What makes them better? Typing speed? Age? Or does the design of the form itself make a bigger difference?
To find out, I’ve created two separate quizzes. Each of them funnels you to the same response form to give a little extra information about yourself.
Fill out the first page as quickly as possible, then fill out the second page at a more relaxed pace, taking time to make sure you’ve gotten everything right. We’ll need to divide respondents into two groups for this one, so make sure you click on the correct link below:
(Please don’t try to take both quizzes–it will make it harder for us to analyze the data)
As usual, the survey is brief, with less than 20 questions. It should take only a few minutes to complete. You have until Thursday, September 17 to complete your response. There is no limit on the number of respondents. Don’t forget to come back next week for the results!
Do you have any favorite stories of annoying forms? Let us know in the comments.