Lately, I have been refusing to participate in surveys. Here's an example of a recent call:
Survey: I’m from a market research group, and I need to know if there is anyone between the ages of 18 and 34 in your household to take a survey.
Me: No, there is no one here in that age group.
Survey: I’m happy to have a person in the household take the survey anyway. It will take five or ten minutes...
Me: There is no one who wants to take a survey here.
I don't want to be rude, but I practically have to hang up on her to get away.
I know these people are just doing their jobs. But there is something intrusive about being cold called at home.
I would be much more receptive to direct mailings.