Academic Research on Digital Experiences with Keyboard Usage

yh776

02 May 2021, 20:56

We are consumer behavior researchers at Cornell University, and we study consumers’ interactions with products, specifically consumers’ digital experience with different keyboards. We are currently conducting a study to better understand consumers’ keyboard usage experience.

Please follow this link to do a survey (takes approximately 7 minutes) to help us collect data.
https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/f ... QPXCX0OSl8

Your responses will be used only for academic purposes. Your support will be a great help for us to advance our understanding of consumer experience.

** PLEASE click the link only when you are working on your computer. This survey is not available on mobile devices.

For your reference, we are attaching our websites as well as our email address where you can find us:
Professor (Dr. Helen Chun: hc633@cornell.edu) https://sha.cornell.edu/faculty-research/faculty/hc633/
PhD Student (Elina Hur: yh776@cornell.edu) https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/faculty ... lty/yh776/
PhD Student (Sarah Lim: sl2673@cornell.edu) https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/faculty ... ty/sl2673/
Last edited by yh776 on 03 May 2021, 21:52, edited 1 time in total.

andresteare

02 May 2021, 22:06

I click the link and get this:
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Rayndalf

02 May 2021, 22:26

Be sure to post this on Geekhack and reddit.com/r/mechanicalkeyboards if you haven't already (you probably already have).

This forum is more dedicated to fawning over keyboards past, while Geekhack is all on the custom keycap train and Reddit is... Reddit.

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Muirium
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02 May 2021, 22:48

I get this:
We appreciate your interest in our survey.
Our survey is only available to people in the US due to data collection and reward issue.
I wouldn’t say we are uninterested in new hardware (i mean we tend to have the deepest background here as a community of, yes, vintage specialists and picky buggers) but most of us are beyond that one country. I don’t think it’s even our biggest single userbase. :roll:

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Weezer

02 May 2021, 23:04

Muirium wrote:
02 May 2021, 22:48
I get this:
We appreciate your interest in our survey.
Our survey is only available to people in the US due to data collection and reward issue.
I wouldn’t say we are uninterested in new hardware (i mean we tend to have the deepest background here as a community of, yes, vintage specialists and picky buggers) but most of us are beyond that one country. I don’t think it’s even our biggest single userbase. :roll:
It's a US university.

Rayndalf

02 May 2021, 23:21

Weezer wrote:
02 May 2021, 23:04
Muirium wrote:
02 May 2021, 22:48
I get this:
We appreciate your interest in our survey.
Our survey is only available to people in the US due to data collection and reward issue.
I wouldn’t say we are uninterested in new hardware (i mean we tend to have the deepest background here as a community of, yes, vintage specialists and picky buggers) but most of us are beyond that one country. I don’t think it’s even our biggest single userbase. :roll:
It's a US university.
and this is an English speaking website.
The number of ISO enters I see is a little suspicious though :?

The reward is just going to be being entered for a giftcard drawing anyway, right? Real surveys actually pay, but then you have to deal with bots. Hope this one doesn't get absolutely ravaged by automated entries.

Rayndalf

02 May 2021, 23:35

So I think I just got baited into taking a typing test. They can't keep getting away with it.

Findecanor

03 May 2021, 01:29

Rayndalf wrote:
02 May 2021, 23:21
Weezer wrote:
02 May 2021, 23:04
It's a US university.
and this is an English speaking website.
We have a "Other languages" subforum, and much of the Wiki written in British English. ;)

For many of us, English is just the lingua franca of the computing world. Just like Greek was in the Roman Empire and Arabic is in the Muslim world.
BTW. I'm in a Nordic-wide club for another hobby, with Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish members and we also use English on our message board and in meetings because it is one that everyone speaks.

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Weezer

03 May 2021, 03:00

The survey doesn't work in an incognito tab and it doesn't work if you reach it with an IP outside of the USA. In the survey they said that they were raffling off 4 Amazon gift cards and the questions asked were whether you were using a mechanical keyboard, whether the feedback you get from the keyboard makes you feel like you're going faster and then you have to take a WPM typing test. The whole thing seemed pretty bizarre and I did feel a little like I was being social engineered, but they only asked for my email at the end so I gave my throwaway. I'm not sure what kind of research paper would want to know if mechanical keyboards aid with typing, seems pretty open and shut that it does nothing and is up to personal preference.

Rayndalf

03 May 2021, 08:09

Findecanor wrote:
03 May 2021, 01:29
Rayndalf wrote:
02 May 2021, 23:21
Weezer wrote:
02 May 2021, 23:04
It's a US university.
and this is an English speaking website.
We have a "Other languages" subforum, and much of the Wiki written in British English. ;)

For many of us, English is just the lingua franca of the computing world. Just like Greek was in the Roman Empire and Arabic is in the Muslim world.
BTW. I'm in a Nordic-wide club for another hobby, with Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish members and we also use English on our message board and in meetings because it is one that everyone speaks.
I'm aware of this forum's European focus hence the ISO enter comment :lol:
It's worth making it explicit though. To people who might get the wrong idea.

Trying to determine if mechanical keyboard users over or underestimate their typing ability is kind of interesting, but it's not like the finding will actually be published in a way that we will ever find.

Still neat I guess, but the "custom keycaps or mechanical keyboard" seems like a weird way to make sure Topre(?) is included. As for the psyscology effects of the keyboard, most of us are more aware of good typers (even if we aren't them) but that doesn't impact our enjoyment of keyboards. Typing speeds haven't mattered in 30 years, it's basically penmenship these days "good enough is good enough" and "don't make a fool of yourself".

I wonder if non mechanical keyboard people are more likely to over or underestimate their percieved performance. The user perception could easily become a dunning kruger rehash though. Still not sure why I had to list a brand. It gets especially weird when boards are modified or a combination of different parts (many custom builds).

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Muirium
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03 May 2021, 11:03

If it's really such a cursory questionnaire as that, I suspect they are indeed looking into Dunning-Kruger-like social confirmation bias stuff.

Are you keyboard enthusiast?
Do make type you faster?
Now you demonstrate!

A long way short of the kind of information pollsters regularly collect and analyse. You'd expect questions about age, sex, marital status, line of work, income bracket, education level and the like. Because these things may well indeed affect people's self perceived performance as much as whether they even care about keyboards in the first place.

Besides, the humble group who are into keyboards but reckon they don't make typing any better: analyse them! They're either passive aggressive humblebraggarts or the most honest and enlightened of us all. But which! :roll:

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fohat
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03 May 2021, 14:54

I started this and they gave me a single sentence to copy with no "next" button. Did they want me to keep typing the same sentence over and over for 5 minutes?

Or was the "next" button off-screen somewhere?

headphone_jack

03 May 2021, 16:06

fohat wrote:
03 May 2021, 14:54
I started this and they gave me a single sentence to copy with no "next" button. Did they want me to keep typing the same sentence over and over for 5 minutes?

Or was the "next" button off-screen somewhere?
Did you pay attention? You press shift+space to move to the next sentence, they explained it in the instructions.

Findecanor

03 May 2021, 16:30

Maybe the study is really about how bad people are at following instructions. ;)

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Muirium
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03 May 2021, 17:11

But I did nothing wrong. It say Denied!

I think it’s a game theory study. They want to see how little incentive is required to make us hire assassins to take one another out.

So far: $0 is looking pretty good.

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Weezer

03 May 2021, 18:02

Muirium wrote:
03 May 2021, 11:03
If it's really such a cursory questionnaire as that, I suspect they are indeed looking into Dunning-Kruger-like social confirmation bias stuff.

Are you keyboard enthusiast?
Do make type you faster?
Now you demonstrate!
I suspect as much as well. But it's stupid because they're comparing people who are passionate about keyboards against people who aren't passionate about keyboards, when they should be comparing a single persons speed on a mechanical keyboard vs their speed on a rubber dome keyboard.

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hellothere

03 May 2021, 18:57

They may also be under the false assumption that I use keyboard X (or a generic "mechanical keyboard") because I want to type faster. No, I use keyboard X because it feels great to type on it. I don't care about my typing speed.

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Weezer

03 May 2021, 19:05

Yeah exactly. I think I'm a pretty slow typist.

yh776

03 May 2021, 21:55

Dear All,

Thank you for your interest and your participation. We are sorry that we can only have people in the US to take this survey for logistics reason. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us, and we're more than happy to answer your questions!
We are more than happy to provide further information about this, and this is legitimate approved by Cornell University research board. Thank you for showing your interest!

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Muirium
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03 May 2021, 22:58

To be fair, we're not so much as wondering whether this research is legitimate, but as to whether it's smart. ;)

Seems a bit short. Are we just one piece of a bigger puzzle?

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fohat
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04 May 2021, 04:41

headphone_jack wrote:
03 May 2021, 16:06

You press shift+space to move to the next sentence
Every time? I thought that they were just talking about getting off the starting line. What's the matter with "Enter"?

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