To Poll or Not to Poll (2016)

2016 marks the sixth year that I will be embarking on an annual online video project. Over the years I’ve found myself considering the online world more when I develop a yearly theme. There is no doubt that social media is firmly embedded into the fabric of our lives and has expanded the ways we communicate with each other. This year I am looking into the world of polling and how social media has influenced the way we traditionally engage with public voting, even though my first poll advised me against it – “should I use social media polling to create my video project for 2016?” 36% said “yes”, whereas 64% said “no”. I decided to ignore this.

Social media polling or poll apps seem to be more about public engagement and a means to discover people’s opinions, not simply yes/no responses. Although there are polling apps that require the user to have a number of followers, the more interesting ones are anonymous and open to everyone. Most of the questions I’ve encountered are quite innocuous and do not require more than a second’s thought. But the difference between social media polling and conventional polls is the exchange of comments the question can evoke. I encourage you to have a peek into the world of online polling. Each month new poll questions will be available on this site, via PollDaddy but for a wider range of polls check out Pyne. You can find me at @midio.

Poll Question: Why do you respond to poll questions?
22% Avoid things I should be doing.
52% It’s fun and harmless.
13% My opinion matters.
13% Comment – “Ah something to do” “#PyneOrDie”

UPDATE: In September, my Pyne app suddenly stopped working. Without a Pyne web presence I had no way of finding out if this was a software issue or user error. In any case, I found a new app called Show of Hands. This US app analyzes poll results based on political party affiliation. Although its’ primarily a political “entertainment” tool, there are a range of questions/polls posted. As a nod to our American neighbours the next few videos will delve into the mind of America.

bad day for my birthday buddy

Posted December 1, 2016

the vote

Posted November 1, 2016

Do you feel your vote really counts? Does the gender of who you vote for influence your decision?


Posted October 1, 2016

location, location, location

Posted September 1, 2016


Posted August 1, 2016

don’t trip

Posted June 30, 2016

the crowd

Posted June 1, 2016


Posted April 30, 2016

Is a mirror a true reflection of who we are?


Posted March 31, 2016

Do you think people can see the real you when they look at you?


Posted February 29, 2016

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance. —Erma Bombeck