Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Our Best Habits According to Mechanical Turk

IMG_2506I'm not too surprised that my good habit survey on Mechanical Turk hasn't been as popular as my bad habit survey. People find bad habits more fascinating that good, I think. And yet, the good habit survey still has many more responses than my survey on engineering books. Go figure.

I have received 100 responses to my good habit survey. As with the bad habit survey, the quantity of data doesn't fit well into a blog post. I quickly picked a sampling of responses to post below.

Thanks to all the workers who completed my Mechanical Turk surveys!


Habit I admire in other people: “Standing up when an adult enters the
room, especially if the child has yet to meet him/her. When the child gets up says hello and shakes his/her hand it’s a sign of respect.”

Do I have the same habit? “yes”

Do other people like this habit? “no”

How could someone learn this habit? “Teach their children.”

Will I try to learn this habit? alreadyHave*

Comments about this habit: “Adults react with noticing the kid has respect and is polite. The habit is a pleasent suprise.”

What is my best habit? “Always saying hi to people when I see them, standing up when an elder enters the room and great posture.”

How did I get my best habit? “My parents taught me it, when I was very young.”

Comments about this habit: “People are happy and answer back positively.”


Habit I admire in other people: “The most wonderful and universal behaviour is to smile, a good habit is to be courteous.”

Do I have the same habit? “yes”

Do other people like this habit? “yes”

How could someone learn this habit? “Just be aware of your surroundings and take the time to notice your fellow man/woman and remember we are all in it together.”

Will I try to learn this habit? alreadyHave

Comments about this habit: “In most cases, if you start off with a warm, welcoming smile you get one in return.”

What is my best habit? “A genuine smile”

How did I get my best habit? “It was my mother’s advice and has worked for me.”


Habit I admire in other people: “Whistling.”**

Do I have the same habit? “yes”

Do other people like this habit? “no”

How could someone learn this habit? “Practicing mostly.”

Will I try to learn this habit? alreadyHave

Comments about this habit: “”

What is my best habit? “Whistling.”

How did I get my best habit? “It mostly started out with calling to horses, then I just practiced after that.”

Comments about this habit: “Most people I think find it annoying.”

Do I have any other feedback for these questions? “Thank you.”

*This question was multiple choice, hence the machine-generated symbol in camelcase.
**I like whistling too.

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