I really dislike stacked bar charts… Let’s see a new bad example.
Steve Rubel shares with us how he spent his time online (update: page no longer available) over the last two weeks. He uses the Firefox add-on PageAddict to monitor the time. He writes:
As you can see almost all of my time online is work related. Still I can see that I need to shrink my social network usage a little bit and increase my time with documents, web applications while also keeping RSS contained. I also need to go through the undefined section to see if there are big groups of sites that can be tagged.
I would say that it is hard to see what Steve Rubel wants us to see. It is not his fault, of course, he is just pasting a chart from the application. I do see something interesting: since he spends “the vast majority of [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][his] computing time” using Firefox (let’s say 80%) he’s using his computer around 4.5 hours a day only. That’s nice… 🙂
If I wanted to visually track my time online (I should…) these are some of the options I’d like to have:
- Color-code work/non-work related categories;
- Label the x axis with dates, not “days ago”;
- Remove non-working days;
- Use small-multiples to track each category;
- Use weeks instead of days;
- Annotate outliers;
- Show planned vs. actual time spending;
- Minimize the “undefined” category;
I’m installing the add-on. Hope I can have an interesting dataset to share by the end of October.
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