Mumsnet census 2009

 

In June 2009, we asked you to fill in a questionnaire, telling us all about you, your lifestyle and your Mumsnetting habits. And more than 5,000 of you very obligingly spilled the beans. We promised to let you know some of the results, so here they are - and fascinating reading they make, too...

You | Your children | Your demographic | Your holidays | Your politics, reading and shopping habits | You and the internet | Mumsnet and mobile phones | Your thoughts about Mumsnet

About you

1: How old are you?

Answer options Response per cent Response count
Under 18 0% 3
18-24 2% 118
25-30 14% 717
31-35 31% 1624
36-40 32% 1647
41-45 15% 793
46-50 4% 209
51-55 1% 65
56-60 0% 20
61+ 0% 5
Answered question 5201
Skipped question 0
Average age:    36

 

 

 

Question 2: Are you female or male?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Female 98% 5101
Male 2% 100
Answered question 5201
Skipped question 0

 

 

 

Question 3: Do you visit Mumsnet primarily as a....
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Mum 95% 4929
Dad 1% 67
Grandparent 1% 32
Childminder/nanny/au pair 2% 113
Mum-to-be   1% 72
In some other capacity 2% 108
Answered question 5201
Skipped question 0
       
If, in some other capacity, then what? Count    
Teacher 15    
Just for chat, company, fun, info, reassurance 25    
Step parent/guardian 7    
Foster carer 6    
Researcher 6    
Aunt 5    
Friend 4    
Childcare worker  3    
Nosey parker  4    
Antenatal educator 2    
MIL-to-be 2    
Charity worker 1    
Student 1    
Parent support worker 2    
Advertiser 8    
Tracking a fraudster 1    
For TTC and miscarriage support 1    
Head of Sure Start Centre 1    
Health visitor (!), thinking about TTC 1    
Journalist 1    
Maternity & parent coach 1    
Midwife/doula 2    
Natal hypnotherapist 1    
Paediatric occupational therapist and breastfeeding supporter 1    
Pet owner 1    
Preschool administrator 1    
Hospital radio presenter 1    
Homesick expat  1    

 

 

 

Question 4: Whereabouts do you live (at present)?
Answer Options  Percent of all MN Percent of all in UK Response Count
North-east 2% 2% 122
North-west 8% 9% 434
Yorkshire & The Humber 6% 6% 306
East Midlands 5% 6% 273
West Midlands 5% 6% 281
East of England 6% 7% 328
London 19% 20% 989
South-east 22% 24% 1165
South-west 10% 10% 504
Wales 3% 3% 161
Scotland 7% 7% 338
Northern Ireland 1% 1% 40
Isle of Man 0% 0% 6
Channel Islands 0% 0% 8
Outside the UK 5%   245
Answered question   5200
Skipped question   1
         
Outside the UK Count      
         
Australia 20    
Austria 2    
Azerbaijan 1    
Bahrain 1    
Belgium 9    
Bermuda 1    
BFPO/Germany 1    
Brazil 1    
Canada 7    
Canary Islands 1    
Cyprus 4    
Czech Republic 1    
Denmark 1    
Egypt 1    
Europe 2    
Fiji Islands 1    
Finland 1    
France 19    
Germany 12    
Gibraltar 1    
Gran Canaria 1    
Greece 6    
Hungary 1    
Indonesia 1    
Israel 1    
Italy 6    
Japan 1    
Kenya 1    
Luxembourg 2    
Netherlands 9    
New Zealand 10    
Norway 2    
Poland 2    
Portugal 4    
Republic of Ireland 46    
Russian Federation 1    
Scandinavia 1    
South Africa 1    
Singapore 5    
Spain 13    
Sweden 1    
Switzerland 17    
Thailand 1    
Trinidad 1    
UAE 5    
In two countries         1  
     
         
         

 

Your children

 

Question 5: How many children do you have (of any age)?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
None 4% 228
One 36% 1872
Two 42% 2153
Three 13% 656
Four 3% 171
Five or more   1% 70
Five 1% 43
Six 0% 16
Seven 0% 3
Eight 0% 3
Nine or more 0% 5
Answered question 5150
Skipped question 51
Average number of children:   1.8  

 

 

 

Question 6: How old are your children?   (Base: those with children)
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Under 1 month 2% 83
1 month up to 3 months 3% 167
3 months up to 6 months 5% 257
6 up to 12 months 13% 625
1 20% 1010
2 25% 1211
3 19% 947
4 17% 856
5 15% 722
6 12% 569
7 9% 446
8 8% 392
9 6% 293
10 6% 297
11 4% 211
12 4% 185
13 3% 148
14 2% 121
15 2% 92
16 2% 78
17 1% 63
18 1% 49
Over 18 3% 143
Answered question 4939
Skipped question 262
       
Ages of children (wider bands)      
Under 1 23%    
1 to 2 44%    
3 to 6 52%    
7 to 11 26%    
12 to 15 9%    
16 to 18 3%    
Over 18 3%    

 

 

 

Question 7: Do you have any....
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
None 97% 5049
Twins 3% 144
Triplets 0% 5
Quadruplets 0% 1
Quintuplets 0% 2
Answered question 5201
Skipped question 0

 

 

 

Question 8: Are you currently pregnant?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Yes 11% 582
No 89% 4502
Answered question 5084
Skipped question 117
       
Question 9: Are you actively trying to conceive/planning to try to conceive in the near future?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Yes - actively trying to conceive now 7% 338
Yes - planning to try to conceive in near future 12% 588
No, neither 81% 4009
Answered question 4935
Skipped question 266
   

 

Your demographic

 

Question 10: Which one of the following best describes the highest level of education you have achieved (thus far)?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
GCSE (or equivalent) 7% 331
A levels (or equivalent) 12% 590
NVQ/apprenticeship 5% 278
Degree 34% 1738
Postgraduate studies 14% 692
Professional postgraduate qualification 27% 1379
Other 2% 105
None 0% 18
Answered question 5131
Skipped question 70

 

 

 

Question 11: To which of these ethnic groups do you consider you belong?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
White - British 84% 4313
White - Irish 3% 159
Any other white background 7% 347
Mixed - White and Black Caribbean 0% 7
Mixed - White and Black African 0% 15
Mixed - White and Asian 1% 38
Mixed - White and Chinese 0% 6
Any other Mixed background 0% 22
Asian or Asian British - Indian 1% 35
Asian or Asian British - Pakistani 0% 14
Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi 0% 1
Any other Asian background 0% 6
Black or Black British - Caribbean 0% 16
Black or Black British - African 0% 11
Any other Black background 0% 2
Chinese or Other Ethnic Group - Chinese 0% 20
Any other ethnic background 1% 24
Prefer not to say 1% 72
Answered question 5110
Skipped question 91

 

 

 

Question 12: Which of the following best describes your normal working status?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Full-time paid employment or self-employment 27% 1373
Part-time paid employment or self-employment 42% 2143
Student 1% 76
Stay at home parent (unpaid full-time work!) 28% 1439
Other 3% 140
Answered question 5087
Skipped question 114
       
Others included: Count    
Unemployed/looking for work 16    
On maternity leave 10    
Other 9    
Carer 8    
Retired 6    
On a career break 4    
Disabled/unable to work 4    

 

 

 

Question 13: Which of the following best describes your marital status?
(answers to include civil partnerships)
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Single (never been married) 3% 172
Married 78% 3967
Living with a partner 16% 827
Divorced 1% 73
Separated 1% 68
Widowed 0% 8
Answered question 5115
Skipped question 86

 


 

Question 14: What is the average annual income for your household?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Less than £10,000 3% 137
£10,000 – £20,000 7% 344
£20,000 - £35,000 17% 855
£35,000 - £50,000 24% 1219
£50,000 - £75,000 24% 1195
£75,000 - £100,000 13% 626
£100,000 plus 13% 629
Answered question 5005
Skipped question 196

 

 

 

Question 15: How many holidays do you and your family normally take every year? 
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
None 9% 435
One 42% 2159
Two 35% 1778
Three 11% 539
Four 2% 105
Five or more 1% 70
Answered question 5086
Skipped question 115
Average number of holidays:
   1.6

 

 

 

Question 16: On average, what would you say you spent, annually, on holidays, including spending money, accommodation, travel etc?
(Base: All who have holidays)
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
£1-£250 3% 124
£251-£500 8% 382
£501-£750 11% 494
£751-£1,000 13% 623
£1,001-£1,500 14% 663
£1,501-£2,000 14% 670
£2,001-£3,000 14% 650
£3,001-£4,000 8% 387
£4,001-£5,000 6% 259
£5,001-£7,500 5% 225
£7,501-£10,000 2% 110
More than £10,000 2% 70
Answered question 4657
Skipped question 144
Average spend:    £2304

 

 

 

Question 17: What would be the maximum you'd be able to spend on a holiday for your family?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Nothing, can't afford any holidays 6% 303
£1-£250 2% 121
£251-£500 7% 339
£501-£750 8% 416
£751-£1000 13% 650
£1,001-£1,500 14% 693
£1,501-£2,000 15% 736
£2,001-£3,000 15% 732
£3,001-£4,000 8% 381
£4,001-£5,000 6% 305
£5,001-£7,500 4% 182
£7,501-£10,000 2% 86
More than £10,000 2% 95
Answered question 5039
Skipped question 162

 

Your politics, reading and shopping habits

 

Question 18: Which, if any, of the following political parties do you feel is most closely aligned with your way of thinking?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Labour 17% 860
Conservative 16% 824
Liberal Democrat 16% 844
SNP 1% 46
Plaid Cymru 0% 19
UKIP 1% 62
Green 11% 564
Others 1% 31
None of them 13% 700
Don't know 10% 539
Prefer not to answer 14% 712
Answered question 5201
Skipped question 0

 

 

 

Question 19: Across a normal week, which of the following newspaper do you read on a regular basis, either online or in print?
Answer Options Print Online Response Count
  The Guardian 30% 27%  
  The Sunday Times 23% 5%  
  The Times 23% 20%  
  The Observer 20% 6%  
  Metro 16% 1%  
  Other 12% 7%  
  The Daily Telegraph 9% 10%  
  The Daily Mail 7% 11%  
  The Independent 7% 6%  
  The Sun 6% 4%  
  The News of the World 6% 2%  
  The Mail on Sunday 5% 2%  
  The Evening Standard 5% 1%  
  The Sunday Telegraph 4% 2%  
  The Mirror 4% 2%  
  The Independent on Sunday 4% 2%  
  The Daily Express 2% 1%  
  The Sunday Mirror 2% 1%  
  The Sunday Express 1% 0%  
  Answered question 3924
  None/not stated 1277 (25%)

 

 

 

Question 20: Across a normal month, which supermarket(s), if any, do you use, either in store or online (or both)?
Answer Options In store Online Response Count
Tesco   56% 23% 3213
Sainsbury’s   54% 11% 2849
Waitrose/Ocado   28% 15% 1763
Asda   30% 6% 1608
M&S (food)   30% 0% 1503
Co-operative   20% 0% 1011
Morrisons   19% 0% 952
Lidl   14% 0% 702
Aldi   11% 0% 570
Somerfields   7% 0% 340
Other   6% 1% 334
Netto   2% 0% 77

 

 

 

Question 21: On average, how often do you shop online (for anything)?
Answer Options Response Percent - All MN Percent - all who ever shop online Response Count
Every day 0% 0% 15
Most days 3% 3% 167
At least once a week 24% 25% 1218
At least once a fortnight 20% 20% 991
Every two to four weeks 20% 21% 1029
Every now and again 25% 25% 1239
Hardly ever 5% 5% 232
Never 3%   142
Answered question   5033
Skipped question   168

 

 

 

Question 22: Do you or your household own a car?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Yes 81% 4212
No/not stated 19% 989
Answered question 5201
Skipped question 606

 

 

 

Question 23: What type(s) of car? 
Answer Options A compact An estate A family saloon A four wheel drive A people carrier A sports car Van Any electric car Other Response Count
Car One 970 904 1240 365 926 84 33 9 84 4615
Car Two 833 230 570 143 161 177 131 11 77 2333
Car Three 38 4 17 21 7 46 18 0 29 180
Answered question 4619
Skipped question 582

 

 

 

Question 24: If you/your family are planning on buying or replacing a car in the forseeable future, what type of car would you be most likely to buy?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Hybrid 3% 126
Compact 6% 301
Estate 7% 354
Family saloon 7% 346
Four wheel drive 3% 165
People carrier 10% 483
Sports car 1% 43
Van 0% 19
Any electric car 0% 14
Other 1% 37
Not planning on buying/replacing 61% 2914
Answered question 4802
Skipped question 399

 

 

 

Question 25: How much would you be likely to spend on your next car purchase? 
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Nothing - will not be buying a car 44% 2106
Less than £3,000 8% 383
£3,000-£5,000 10% 479
£5,000-£7,500 9% 456
£7,500-£10,000 10% 471
£10,000-£15,000 9% 431
£15,000-£20,000 5% 260
£20,000-£30,000 4% 172
More than £30,000 2% 73
Answered question 4831
Skipped question 370
       
  Average spend on next car:  £9,554

 

 

 

Question 26: Do you read any baby or parenting magazine? If so, which?
Answer Options Percent of baby-mag readers Percent of MN Response Count
Boots Parenting Club 43% 12% 602
Tesco Mother & Baby 34% 9% 471
Mother & Baby 27% 7% 376
Junior 21% 6% 299
Practical Parenting 17% 4% 232
Prima Baby & Pregnancy 11% 3% 146
Pregnancy & Birth 10% 3% 133
Other 8% 2% 105
Junior Pregnancy & Birth 6% 1% 76
I'm Pregnant 2% 1% 33
Pregnancy Baby & You 2% 0% 25
Baby & Toddler Gear 1% 0% 19
Answered question 2725 1394
Skipped question       3807

 

You and the internet

 

Question 27: On average, how many hours a (normal) day do you spend on the internet (excluding work-related internet use)? 
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
No time on a normal day 1% 41
Less than 15 minutes 2% 116
15 to 30 minutes 10% 514
31 mins to 1 hour 25% 1231
1 to 2 hours 33% 1620
2 to 3 hours 17% 828
3 to 4 hours 6% 292
More than 4 hours 6% 309
Answered question 4951
Skipped question 250
     
Average time spent per day:  102 minutes

 

 

 

Question 28: Do you have your own blog? If so, is it on Mumsnet or elsewhere?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Yes - have blog on Mumsnet 1% 52
Yes - have blog elsewhere 8% 379
No blog 91% 4432
Answered question 4863
Skipped question 338

 

 

 

Question 29: Are you a member of any social networking sites? If so, which ones?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Facebook   95% 3639
Twitter   22% 847
LinkedIn   14% 542
Myspace   6% 239
Other 3% 119
Answered question 3818
Skipped question 1383

 

 

 

Question 30: Do you visit any other parenting websites? If so, how often? 
Answer Options Every week or more often Monthly or more often A few times a year Every now and again Never but am aware of it Never, and not aware of it Response Count
Netmums   10% 14% 7% 21% 36% 12% 3860
Baby Centre   8% 9% 5% 17% 22% 40% 3706
Babyworld   1% 3% 2% 8% 22% 63% 3348
BBC Parenting   1% 2% 5% 14% 20% 59% 3355
Bad Mothers Club   0% 0% 1% 3% 19% 76% 3238
Bounty   2% 4% 3% 12% 48% 30% 3418
Baby Greenhouse   1% 0% 0% 1% 3% 95% 3228
Gurgle   1% 2% 1% 4% 13% 78% 3284
iVillage/parenting   1% 2% 4% 13% 32% 47% 3318
Alpha Mummy   2% 2% 1% 3% 8% 85% 3287
Parentline Plus   0% 0% 1% 2% 12% 85% 3228
Raising Kids   2% 3% 1% 3% 7% 84% 3287
Other 10% 64 18 41 47 1299 1638
Answered question 4403
Skipped question 798

 

Mumsnet and mobile phones

 

Question 31: How often do you access Mumsnet via your mobile phone?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
All the time 2% 86
Sometimes 4% 195
Rarely 5% 222
Never but I can access the net on mobile 45% 2198
Never and can't access the net on mobile 45% 2243
Answered question 4944
Skipped question 257
       
Question 32: If a mobile friendly version of Mumsnet were developed, how likely would you be to access it via your mobile phone?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Very likely 7% 368
Quite likely 11% 532
Not very likely 21% 1026
Not at all likely 51% 2515
No idea 10% 503
Answered question 4944
Skipped question 257

 

Your thoughts about Mumsnet

 

Question 33: How often, on average, do you visit Mumsnet?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Several times a day 18% 856
Every day 13% 603
Most days 21% 980
At least once a week 19% 901
At least once every fortnight 9% 413
Every two to four weeks 7% 333
Every now and again 11% 504
Hardly ever 2% 92
Answered question 4682
Skipped question 519

 

 

 

Question 34: And, when you do visit the site, how long is an average visit?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Less than 15 minutes 19% 864
15 to 30 minutes 46% 2143
31 mins to 1 hour 25% 1170
1 to 2 hours 8% 352
2 to 3 hours 1% 61
3 to 4 hours 0% 18
More than 4 hours 0% 8
I never leave 1% 53
Answered question 4669
Skipped question 532

 

 

 

Question 35: For which of the following reasons do you use/visit Mumsnet? 
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Advice   76% 3553
Information   75% 3498
Entertainment   59% 2730
Recommendations/reviews   54% 2509
Debate   36% 1671
Support   30% 1396
Friendship/company   23% 1052
Other   5% 223
Answered question 4662
Skipped question 539
       
Most popular/amusing "Other" comments Count    
Talkroundup/emails from MN 21    
Buying/selling 17    
Competitions 27    
Recipes 18    
Gossip/nosiness 14    
Discount codes/offers 13    
Boredom/habit 7    
For a good laugh 17    
Mumsnet Local 4    
Book Club 2    
Finding things to do 3    
Postnatal/Antenatal clubs 4    
Surveys 2    
Mostly to confirm that, as I suspected, I Am Not Being Unreasonable 1    
Zombie plans 1    

 

 

 

Question 36: Have a look at the list below and then indicate which ones you've done on Mumsnet.
Answer Options Have done Have not done Am aware of it but haven't done/not sure how to do Not aware of this on MN Response Count
Entered a competition 66% 21% 8% 96% 4% 4507
Sent in a recipe 11% 63% 19% 93% 7% 4377
Looked at/cooked from a recipe 56% 31% 8% 95% 5% 4449
Sent in a tip 24% 56% 15% 95% 5% 4375
Sent in a review 21% 58% 17% 97% 3% 4381
Started or added to your own MN blog 3% 67% 20% 90% 10% 4353
Added a commment to someone else's blog 6% 66% 17% 88% 12% 4342
Added info/ photos to MyMumsnet 27% 54% 13% 94% 6% 4366
Clicked on an advert 56% 36% 7% 98% 2% 4410
Bought something after seeing it reviewed/discussed 65% 29% 5% 99% 1% 4448
Recommended something to a friend after reading about it on MN 59% 35% 5% 99% 1% 4406
Completed a survey (not this one!) 61% 33% 4% 98% 2% 4428
Used the discount partners' page/codes 41% 44% 9% 93% 7% 4403
Received the newsletter 78% 16% 3% 97% 3% 4457
Received Morningpaper's talk roundup 38% 43% 7% 87% 13% 4381
Taken part in Book Club 4% 74% 15% 93% 7% 4337
Viewed a live webchat 32% 51% 10% 94% 6% 4362
Taken part in a live webchat 8% 72% 13% 94% 6% 4327
Started your own thread 62% 31% 6% 98% 2% 4434
Contributed to a thread 73% 21% 4% 99% 1% 4458
Bought/sold goods 13% 69% 11% 93% 7% 4332
Used Mumsnet Local for info/ chat 37% 50% 9% 96% 4% 4377
Added a listing/commented on a listing on Mumsnet Local 18% 66% 11% 95% 5% 4354
Been to a Meet Up 12% 72% 11% 94% 6% 4349
Contacted another Talker (used the CAT system) 19% 61% 11% 90% 10% 4348
Answered question 4636
Skipped question 565

 

 

 

Question 37: Please think about the last few times you've visited Mumsnet. How often would you say you've visited each of the following areas? 
Answer Options On every visit On nearly every visit Quite often Not very often Very rarely Not at all Not aware of this area of the site Response Count
Talk   64% 9% 6% 6% 4% 7% 3% 4481
My Mumsnet   4% 5% 13% 29% 19% 21% 7% 4308
Reviews   2% 5% 29% 32% 18% 12% 2% 4380
Recipes   1% 4% 22% 31% 17% 21% 3% 4385
Mumsnet Local   2% 4% 12% 28% 26% 24% 4% 4359
Blogs   0% 1% 3% 15% 23% 50% 9% 4332
Discounts   1% 3% 17% 24% 22% 26% 6% 4364
Shopping   1% 2% 13% 24% 22% 31% 7% 4355
Competitions   2% 5% 19% 28% 21% 22% 3% 4361
Content pages (eg Conception, Pregnancy)   5% 7% 22% 24% 18% 20% 3% 4319
Answered question 4572
Skipped question 629

 

 

 

Question 38: How would you describe Mumsnet - in a nutshell?
3,175 people gave an answer. Here is a little smorgasbord of your most common, most amusing and most, er, interesting thoughts:
  • "Amazing advice and tips. A real sounding board - like your mum, granny, best friend and Mrs Beeton all in one."
  • "One of the best sites on the web. Full of great information, brilliant mums (and dads), superbly authored and managed by the Mumsnet team with honest, witty, feisty and funny commentary on parenting. Love it!"
  • "It's a funny, interesting and intelligent place where women come together, sometimes in the most amazing and touching ways, to support each other, give advice and have fun."
  • "On Mumsnet you can be honest, tell it how it is or ask embarrassing questions and no one will judge you - but they will give you a straight answer. It's the best form of sisterhood."
  • "It's a lifeline for me as a new mum, giving me advice, information and diversion.  It's allowed me to figure out what kind of parent I want to be, confident in the knowledge that there are a million different ways to do it, each as valid as the other."
  • "The answer to every crap piece of advice you've ever been given!"
  • "Best Special Needs area on the net. The rest of it is beyond scary!"
  • "A bunch of mad, wonderful women, available to advise, support, and just be there, on everything from bumsex to bereavement."
  • "A funny, kind, judgey, clever community, which I am proud to be part of."
  • "I got more information and advice on here in 10mins when I was having a miscarriage than all the info I got from healthcare professionals at that time. Thank you."
  • "Intelligent and quick-witted fun, debate and support for parents who can spell."
  • "Like being in a great post natal group without having to put your trousers on or share your biscuits."
  • "Great advice, fantastic support, entertaining threads, nest of vipers!"
  • "Just like my Mum - occasionally prickly and infuriating but generally an informative, hilarious and pivotal part of my life. And always there when I need it. It's the cat's pyjamas."
  • "It's 'over the garden fence' for the 21st century."
  • "A bloody marvellous melting pot of chat, debate, fireworks and fantastic support."
  • "Rather like the Mad Hatter's tea-party would have been. If it were hosted by a sleep-deprived earth mother."
  • "None of the fluff, some of the frippery, all of the facts. And some fiction."
  • "The sharpest, wittiest place on the internet."
  • "A walloping, no-holds-barred depository of maternal knowledge."
  • "The place to go to confirm you're not mad, you're not doing it wrong, and all in all, things are going to be OK."
  • 'It is an interesting demographic soup. There can never be any agreement on anything, apart from camping."
  • "Mumsnet is parent glue."
  • "Lots of Boden-wearing, mooncup-using yummy mummies who love a good ruck and don't do hugs."
  • "It's helped me conceive, be pregnant, give birth, breastfeed, wean, get back to work, deal with nursery, toilet train a toddler, do all of above again, recover from two miscarrages, nurse two parents through cancer, get my dad's cancer drugs funded by the PCT, tell funny stories and, when I missed work, I gave advice to other people in order to feel useful again. Think that's it!"
  • "A lifesaver - literally.  Had I not posted on MN in Dec 2007, my daughter and I would have died."
  • "It has a big heart and a wicked sense of humour. It has made me laugh, cry, and feel a lot better about myself as a mum."
  • "The only place to go for the fastest answer to every question."
  • "Mumsnet ticks so many boxes, it's your best friend; a place to find support; somewhere to ask all those embarrassing questions you never thought you would ask (you know the ones); a refuge from insanity; a cause of insanity; somewhere to escape from toddler-talk for a few minutes and join in witty, adult conversation.  It's dangerously addictive but definitely worth it.  I've never known anywhere (real or internet-based) quite like it."
  • "When you buy a washing machine, you get a manual. When you have a baby, you get Mumsnet."
  • "Blows all the other parenting sites out of the water. The Talk forum is the best of it's kind - not heavily moderated, MNHQ get involved and spark debate themselves, there's a real sense of community and MN-ers feel a sense of ownership of Talk. Elsewhere, a fantastically informative, engaging and well thought-out website, although the design/tech stuff is sometimes archaic and slow."
  • "A seething mass of advice, support and opprobium from as wide a range of parents as probably exists anywhere else in the universe."
  • "Supercool parenting forum; loads of info and great features that are free of the preachiness which cripples other sites."
  • "A lifesaver for any parent. I trust the advice on MN more than anywhere else."

 

 

 

Question 39: Do you have any suggestions as to how the site can be improved?  
The most frequent answer:    
  • "No."
   
The next three most frequent answers:    
  • "Parenting info for older children, for mums like me who've been with you for ages and are still here."
   
  • "Make Local more user-friendly."
   
  • "Better mobile access would be cool."
   
  • "I'd like to be able to edit posts, but only if the original post remained as well, as otherwise it would lead to confusion."
   
Other answers included:    
  • "I could win one of the competitions for once."
   
  • "Offer free childcare so that I can MN in peace!"
   
  • "Stop breaking so much!"
   
  • "I think stricter moderation on the forums is required."
   
  • "Stop being so heavy-handed with the delete button."
   
  • "Better layout and web pages with friendlier graphics - using colours and boxes to click on rather than text."
   
  • "More webchats with very important people. Johnny Depp would be good!"
   
  • "Stop tinkering with the design for a while."
   
  • "I feel it is getting too big and too high profile, attracting too many trolls. I would welcome more membership requirements."
   
  • "The search engine could be easier to use."
   
  • "An electrocute button, with which to discharge punishment to those who disagree with me."
   
  • "I would like to be able to see latest posts in my favourite topics on one page (say 20 or so for each topic), so I can choose those that interest me and look at them without having to go through the topic list every time."
   
  • "A sub area/hidden area (maybe similar to SN) where mental health/PND etc support can be offered without it appearing automatically on Active Convos."
   
  • "Change the front page of Talk back to show all subjects."
   
  • "More recipes!"
   
  • "Please don't overdo advertising and the commercial angle - some other sites seem constantly to sell or flag products, and part of what makes Mumsnet enjoyable to use is that it doesn't do that so much."
   
  • "Update/extend the content pages."
   
  • "Not charging to use CAT."
   
  • "Have all Talk sections listed alphabetically."
   
  • "Remove the bit on Recipes that always says, 'Fed up to the back teeth with tuna pasta bake?' It's getting irritating!"
   
  • "I'd like to save individual posts in my own Mumsnet library - ones that especially help, move, motivate or kill me laughing!"
   
  • "Faster-loading pages - lunch hour is only so long..."
   
  • "More emoticons."
   
  • "Ban swearing, especially in thread titles and usernames."
   
  • "Lose AIBU. It's just car-crash entertaintment and the bad vibes leak right across the site."
   

 

 

 

Question 40: Would you recommend Mumsnet to a friend (who is a parent/parent-to-be)?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Yes, I already have recommended 64% 2931
Yes, I would but haven't yet 32% 1448
No, I wouldn't 5% 224
Answered question 4603
Skipped question 598
       
Total percentage who recommend: 95%      
       

Main reason for saying no: to preserve anonymity

Next reason: prefer another site

     

 

 

 

Question 41: How likely do you think it is that you'd still be a member in a year's time?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Very likely 69% 3165
Quite likely 29% 1336
Not very likely 2% 101
Definitely won't 0% 10
Answered question 4612
Skipped question 589
       
Total likely to still be a member: 98%    
     
Some reasons given by those not likely to still be a member:      
  • "I am more settled in new area and can make new contacts myself now"
     
  • "I'm tired of having to read so much troll talk before I can see whether there's anything good left in a thread - it's a waste of my rare free time."
     
  • "It's too much of a distraction!"
     

 

 

 

Question 42: And, overall, how satisfied are you with Mumsnet, as a site by parents for parents?
Answer Options Response Percent Response Count
Very satisfied 71% 3278
Fairly satisfied 28% 1269
Not very satisfied 2% 70
Completely dissatisfied 0% 1
Answered question 4618
Skipped question 583
     
Critical comments from the not-so-satisfied (asked for) Nice comments from others (not asked for but most welcome!)  
  • "I think it's gone downhill a bit. There is too much nastiness now, which is why I have backed off a bit."
  • "It doesn't condescend and I love the intelligent voices reaching out over the net to provide entertainment and advice."
 
  • "It always feels a bit cliched."
  • "Very realistic and down to earth."
 
  • "Seems to be going downmarket."
  • "I love it! It's my life."
 
  • "I have never felt part of the 'club', I have always felt like I would like to chat, but would be shot down by the regulars."
  • "I wouldn't be breastfeeding my 20 month old still if it wasn't for Mumsnet support in the early days. Thank you!"
 
  • "People have got less nice over the years!"
  • "It's not mumsy and I think that the Mumsnet team are cool and lovely."
 
  • "It seems a bit like the lunatics have taken over the assylum lately."
  • ""After finding out I was burgled, two MNers (and I'd never even met one of them!) started a fund for me and organised gifts to be sent to me. I'm so overwhelmed I could, and did, cry! You're all just amazing."
 
  • "Didn't like it when you changed the style and format."
  • "The design is clear, the links are good, and I've got a lot out of it so far."
 
  • "Sometimes I think you are trying to sound a bit too clever..."
  • "After finding out I was burgled, two MNers (and I'd never even met one of them!) started a fund for me and organised gifts to be sent to me. I'm so overwhelmed I could, and did, cry! You're all just amazing."
 
  • "It's dominated by attachment parenting types and people who think cosleeping, BLW and anti-routine are the answer to everything - they are not."
  • "It's brilliant for getting impartial, anonymous advice."
 
  • "I prefer netmums."
  • "It's made the dark days lighter and taught me more than all the baby books in the world. And it's introduced me to the word fanjo..."
 

 

 

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