11 November 2015

+JMJ+

Are You Reading This on a Mobile Device?

Well, if you are, guess what?! I'm writing and formatting this on a mobile device! And no, I'm not using an app to help make things simpler. (Indeed, the last time I checked, the Blogger app wasn't available in my region yet.)I figured it was only fitting for me to give myself a hard time, considering the hard time I'm about to ask you to give yourself. You see, I'm curious about how many regular readers of Shredded Cheddar come here mostly through a "handy" device rather than through something with a proper keyboard. And the only way I can find out is if you kindly leave a comment under this post. It doesn't have to be fancy. A single letter will do as your *wave* or *wink* to me. I won't even mind if you leave it anonymously!

Thanks for participating in this informal survey. =)

18 comments:

Itinérante said...

I 99.9% of the times visit you from a non-mobile device (:

cyurkanin said...

A wave and a wink from my phone because you asked. I avoid using my phone to read blogs not so much because it's difficult to navigate but because I have the eyes of an 80 year old now.

Belfry Bat said...

I've never done any internet on a mobile thing.

MrsDarwin said...

I do sometimes (not at this moment). It is a pain and a half to write or comment (anywhere, not just here) from a phone or tablet, with that ridiculous little pop-up keyboard, so I feel your composing pain.

Sheila said...

I use my laptop. But I hope to get a tablet soon, so I might be a mobile user then.

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

And now I'm replying to comments on a mobile device! Yikes!

Itinerante -- That's also good to know. Thanks!

Christopher -- In my case, I may develop the eyes of an 80 year old because of all the blog reading I now do on my phone!

Bat -- I'm surprised that I'm surprised!

Mrs. Darwin -- The main reason I asked was that comments have been on a downward trend for a while, and I was wondering how much of that was due to similar attrition all over the Blogosphere, usually attributed to the rise of mobile.

Sheila -- Mobile is great, but I do love keyboards. I wonder if dictation software will be the next game changer.

love the girls said...

I don't own a mobile device.

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

LTG! You're alive! =D

mrsdarwin said...

E. I'd say that is a valid thesis. I know that for myself, even the slightest barrier to commenting (such as having to log in or having to navigate my phone's keyboard and swipe through menus) means I generally think better of anything I was going to say. It's not just the inconvenience of commenting this way, but that I have to consider if what I wanted to say is actually worth jumping through hoops to publish. Often, it doesn't seem worth it. I know that this has kept me from leaving banal comments, but it does tend to freeze casual discussion.

(I note that I'm writing this on my laptop, which makes it easier to be wordy.)

Zagorka said...

I am reading mostly on my phone, and mrsdarwin's thoughts about commenting are exactly mine...

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Thanks for chiming in, Zagorka! A friend on Twitter who also relies heavily on her mobile phone to read blogs said that the captcha is the worst deterrent to commenting. So I have disabled it! I hope it made a difference when you left your comment today. =)

Emily J. said...

I read on the home computer. I don't like navigating the internet on my mobile device and only use it for looking up information that I need at the moment like directions or a phone number. I do look at Facebook and email on the phone when I am waiting for something but don't comment much from the phone. But I am guessing that this information reveals my age.

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

If we did a study, I'm sure we'd see that younger people are more amenable to commenting on mobile devices. I recall being part of an online argument that got so heated over several days that one of the other participants was moved to leave several very long comments using only her phone. She was the youngest of the group.

Anonymous said...

hello! I have been an exclusivly mobile reader since 2013~ when i even have internet. I am commenting on a flip phone. I like that internet has been 'put in its place,' in this case a 2x3 inch screen. I do a bit of reading this and that but very little commenting because it is an impossible. For whatever reason, mobile twitter works very well and I spend an inordinate amount of time on twitter. (I might be addicted.)
I think that mobile use reduces comments because of the way that mobile users use their phones. When the internet is everywhere, you might read a post waiting for a bus and intend to comment until the bus comes and you move on, forgeting to comment. With mobile use, you use the internet more often, but with less quality because you never made time for it to begin with. It causes a state of perpetual distraction in both real and virtual lives. Thanks for removing the dragons.
Amy from twitter
PS. Mrs. Darwin! Your story about the grain of wheat was beautiful and made me cry. But i couldnt comment. I tried. :)

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

Hi, Amy! Twitter is fun on my mobile phone, but I also tend to tweet less when I'm not on my laptop.

My latest "discovery" is the pleasure of YouTube on mobile. I already like listening to music on the go, so it was an easy transition to start listening to uploaded talks on the go. The resources in German and Italian are good for language learning, and the Sensus Fidelium is my favourite Catholic channel. If it won't eat up too much of your bandwidth, I highly recommend it!

I'll mention your postscript to Mrs. Darwin. =)

mrsdarwin said...

Thank you, Amy! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

NoelCT said...

While catching up on blogs on my phone, I just happened to read this (still on my phone), and left a comment. On my phone! :)

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

I treasure every character, Noel!

(I wish I could say I typed this on my phone, too, but I'm at a PC right now.)