Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Second Life and Gaming Poll Results

I don't claim to be a researcher, nor can I claim that the results of polls conducted on this site are in the least bit statistically significant. But I am interested in the responses I've been getting.

Last week, I asked "Have you ever been in Second Life?" There were 20 responses.

Never (9) 45%
A few times -- I don't get it. (3) 15%
A few times -- I'll go back. (5) 25%
A lot. (3) 15%

Over at Mission to Learn, Jeff cites these stats and then wonders about the demographics of my site -- the answer to which I can vaguely guess at: eLearning professionals in their 30s-40s -- on average? (Perhaps another poll is needed?)

I think that all that my Second Life poll can really tell us, is that there are a lot of folks who still haven't tried Second Life...and some folks who see the potential.

I'm also interested in the results of the poll question I asked, "Are you a Gamer?" This poll -- to-date -- has had 29 responses. Again, not statistically significant I'm sure.
  • But 62% are willing to call themselves Gamers. This surprised me.
  • I fell into the NO category along with another 34%.
  • 1 person called themselves "Other", stating "I would be if I could afford the time."
I you'd like to add your two cents, and tell us what kind of Gamer you are, that poll is still open. Unfortunately, the Second Life poll is closed.

5 comments:

Brent Schlenker said...

Hi Cammy! I'd like to plan a weekly hour for second life newbies. What do you think?
A safe place for elearning professionals to experience 2L with a guide and some friends.
Cheers!

Sue Waters said...

Hi Cammy

I am definitely not into gaming (AT ALL) and was nagged into Second Life 2 weeks ago. What I can't believe is how much I have laughed in Second Life. Gave my friend a balloon that sent them out of control into the atmosphere -- loved hearing the screams! Played Barbie dress up now with two friends (one of which is Hey Jude a well known blogger in Australia) to give them a new look -- and believe me that I am not a girlie girl. Every night I play with my SL newbie friends and we have fun!

The most laughing was when I decided to multi task -- was in conference call on skype with 2 friends -- one needed someone to help his new friend who was in Second Life out quickly so I offered to go in. Next thing I know I am trying to text chat Newbie, suddenly I am getting teleport requests and IM from all my other SL friends and trying to talk on Skype ---laughed so much trying to cope with it all.

There is something, not sure what, that just makes you want to go back into Second Life. I think because it feels real.

Sue

Karl Kapp said...

Cammie,

It would be interesting for you to do a poll of the demographics to your site...that might impact the data and provide some insight into the answers to the poll.

And, I'd be glad to join in a weekly one hour in SL.

Karl

Cammy Bean said...

Sue Waters...I do not know how you find the time to do all of the things you do! I've had a similar experience laughing my head off in SL -- there's something so absurd about flying or falling off a building.

Karl...a follow-up poll will be forthcoming! And, as I mentioned to Brent, I think the idea of an newbie SL gathering -- or at least a more regular gathering of elearning types in SL sounds great!

Danielle Blogging for Balance said...

I'm checking out your polls ;)...I will have to incorporate one in one of my posts this weekend.

It's funny you should mention Second Life. I only heard about it approx. three weeks ago I was very curious about it. I was actually thinking about joining it...however I barely have time to participate in my real life events. I can see the attraction with Second Life also. I have heard rumored that people have actually made quite a bit of real money and lost money playing Second Life. Don't know if the rumors are true but my husband said I should set up shop as a psychiatrist there ;)