Interviewing by the numbers

I’m curious whether anyone has any idea how many interviews are done online. It’s a hard one to figure out. Please feel free to offer your suggestions in the comments. Just to be clear, online interviews include email, IM and chat.

Truth is, it’s hard to even fathom how many interviews are performed on an annual basis. If you include everything from reporters to job interviews it has to be a vast number.

Does the kind of interview effect the medium? I assume it would. So it is likely that interviews for background research on a topic are commonly done in email whereas doctors interviewing patients is almost exclusively done in person.

Any help with quantification ideas would be most welcome. For an area that is so important to the way we communicate it seems woefully ignored.


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