Thank you all for participating in my study – and if you didn’t, why not?! Incidentally, I would like a few more males (I have 14 males versus 31 females) to fill it out. So if you’re male and didn’t do my survey that I posted on the 5th, could you please do so now?
The tentative results: I did a Student’s T-Test for two different things. Bear in mind that the Student’s T-Test only indicates how likely are to be random, not whether they are actually true or not. 1) Comparing people who taught themselves to type and those who didn’t; and 2) Seeing if there was a difference between male and female computer affinity. The results: 1) P-value of 0.018, meaning there’s a 98.2% chance that my results are not random; 2) P-value of 0.000407. Happily, these results are “very significant,” meaning that people who taught themselves to type are actually more likely to have high computer affinities and that males are more likely to have high computer affinity than females are. In fact, males had a mean computer affinity of 27.067 and females had a mean affinity of 13.375; the range could go from -4 to 40 in terms of affinity. I did not ever define point above which you have high affinity or below which you have low affinity, namely because for the most part it was inherently obvious.
This study does have many limitations: the survey group is from a small part of the population and doesn’t reflect accurately all population groups; it was not a blind test; the education level of those surveyed was higher than the average population’s; the age distribution doesn’t reflect that of society; I knew almost all the test subjects; the test was conducted using computer technology, biasing the results; the list could go on, only this is a run-on sentence. And you’re probably bored out of your mind. Still, taking everything into consideration, I can reasonably make this statement: Among college-age students, there is a significant difference between male and female computer affinity and there is a 98.2% chance that people who taught themselves to type will have a greater computer affinity than people who did not teach themselves to type.
All that to say, my hypothesis was correct and I’m really nerdy. Hooray!
– KF –