When a 5-minute survey is actually a 27-minute one

@lovebuglena (42542)
Staten Island, New York
September 5, 2019 2:20pm CST
I went to Swagbucks and saw that there was a 5-minute survey. I decided to try it because it was a short survey and it paid decent SB. After I went into it and answered some preliminary questions I was told the survey would take about 27 minutes. Argh! Why write that a survey is a 5-minute survey when it's a lot longer than that? I did not proceed with the survey. Not only because of the time it would take but also because it wanted some of my personal info, which wouldn't even guarantee I would be allowed to proceed with the survey after entering that info.
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@digiguru (557)
• Bangalore, India
5 Sep 19
I was lost in sites to sites for so long that I stopped survey
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@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
5 Sep 19
I only do Swagbucks surveys.
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@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
6 Sep 19
@digiguru What do you mean by that?
@digiguru (557)
• Bangalore, India
6 Sep 19
@lovebuglena ok.. did it work properly for you?
@LindaOHio (149571)
• United States
5 Sep 19
Very common in the survey world.
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@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
5 Sep 19
Really? Had no idea. But it's not right. I get that there may be a slight time difference, especially because it depends on how long it takes a person to answer each question but it can't be that large of a time difference.
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@LindaOHio (149571)
• United States
5 Sep 19
@lovebuglena I've been doing surveys for 9 years. There are many, many unfair things that happen. For example, I can't tell you how many times I've answered at least 20 screens of questions and then been told that I don't qualify. Unfair!
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@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
5 Sep 19
@LindaOHio I've had something like that happen to me. Very frustrating!
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@snowy22315 (166896)
• United States
5 Sep 19
I hate when that kind of things happen. It is a bait and switch like someone is dumb enough not to notice, I am not going to do a 27 minute survey for a measly amount of swagbucks. I would complain if I were you, the more people that do, the better it will be.
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@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
5 Sep 19
Usually the highest I get paid for a survey that I don't get disqualified from is 75 SB, which is equivalent to $0.75 unless my math is wrong. And it can be a 15-minute survey to get that much, if not slightly longer. When I try higher paying ones I am not able to take those either because I get disqualified or it's to be a part of some panel, which I don't want to do, or it's an in-home thing where they send you something... and then I guess you answer a survey after... which I don't want to do either.
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@maezee (42003)
• United States
5 Sep 19
That feels like straight up lying to get you into a survey. I can’t tell you the last time I’ve actually spent only 5 minutes in a survey.
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@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
5 Sep 19
I've taken very short ones before. And I've experienced this kinda thing before as well, where I am thinking it will be a short survey when I go into it but then it's long.
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@moffittjc (117759)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Sep 19
OMG....I literally just wrote a comment on another member's post about that! Don't tell me it's a 5 minute survey if it takes me more than 20 minutes to complete it.
@moffittjc (117759)
• Gainesville, Florida
7 Sep 19
@lovebuglena I was just thinking about surveys the other day. On average, most are about 15 minutes in length. Some more, some less, but 15 seems about average. However, I read not too long ago that in this day in age of instant gratification and instant communication through technology and social media, and the fact that everything is accessible to us 24/7, the attention span of the average person is now at about 3-7 minutes. That tells me that all these survey companies should shorten their surveys to about 7 minutes long in order to keep the survey-takers interested! I know I hate taking long surveys.
@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
7 Sep 19
I know right. And I don't even get compensated enough for it.
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@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
7 Sep 19
@moffittjc I agree that the average ones are 15-min long and at Swagbucks are usually 75 SB. Of course, doesn't mean it will take you 15 minutes to do. It depends how fast you can answer each question.
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@kasmakarim (1933)
• Indonesia
6 Sep 19
Lol, that will be frustating
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@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
7 Sep 19
It's even more frustrating when I've been taking a survey for a while and all of a sudden I get kicked out saying I do not qualify. If I do not qualify why the heck did they let me take the survey as long as I was taking it before getting kicked out?
@JudyEv (321756)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Sep 19
My survey site is giving me a pain too. The email might say 20 mins on social events but if you open it you could end up with anything.
@JudyEv (321756)
• Rockingham, Australia
7 Sep 19
@lovebuglena It's called 'Valued Opinions'. And I'm also signed up with Toluna.
@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
7 Sep 19
@JudyEv Thanks. Have not heard of them.
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@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
6 Sep 19
What site are you using?
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@porwest (76335)
• United States
7 Sep 19
This is why I pretty much gave up on the whole survey thing. While it CAN pay okay, it is just a real time drain and I frankly have better things to do with my time. I can make more money in the stock market anyway for less time. But that's just me.
@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
7 Sep 19
I am only on Swagbucks. Sometimes I buy stuff online so I like that I can get some points back for that. And I don't mind taking surveys. Just hate when they are those that take a long time or I get disqualified from. And I can earn points for doing a web search, among other things. So it's cool. I don't do surveys every day or on a regular basis so I don't mind it if I get stuck with a long one once in a while. I've made over $325 on Swagbucks since joining some years ago. Maybe not as much as others have made there but still a nice chunk of change.
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@lovebuglena (42542)
• Staten Island, New York
8 Sep 19
@porwest You earn by searching on Bing? How does that work?
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@porwest (76335)
• United States
8 Sep 19
@lovebuglena So long as you don't mind doing them. And it's always nice to get a few extra bucks. I search on Bing and get paid. Need to cash out actually over there. I've got about $25 and I usually cash in for Walmart gift cards.