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QR Code Survey Shows That The Quick Response Technology Hasn't Caught On (INFOGRAPHIC)

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QR codes have not caught on like some had hoped--yet. | Getty

Have you scanned a QR code recently? How about ever?

A new infographic from Chicago-based market research firm Lab42 shows that a majority of people still have not warmed up to Quick Response (QR) codes. (For those who don't know, a QR code is that little black-and-white box that is sometimes featured toward the bottom of advertisement posters). Lab42 surveyed 500 adult Americans about their use of and experience with QR codes, and though I see QR codes everywhere, it would seem that most people are, like me, not taking the time to scan them.

Notable findings from Lab42's research:

-56 percent of respondents were "not familiar" with QR codes. 43 percent of those people had never heard of QR codes. I would bet that something like 95 percent of those people have seen QR codes and not known what they were called, however.
-46 percent of people who said they had scanned a QR code said they did so to get a discount at a retail store, while 43 percent had done so out of sheer curiosity.
-When tasked with scanning a QR code given to them by Lab42, only 13% were able to.

Having recently used a QR code as both airfare and for entry into a baseball game, I can speak to their usefulness and convenience as tickets. And though QR codes seem to be taking over New York City--all building permits will have them by 2013, according to TechCrunch--they apparently have not taken off among pedestrians or shoppers.

QR codes may be the future of advertising or the next "Friend us at facebook.com/yourcompanyhere"; for now, however, they remain little more than a consumer curiosity, or mystery, or worse.

Take a look at Lab42's infographic (below). Have you ever used a QR code?

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Have you ever used a QR code?

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LOOK: Larger version available at Lab42 Blog.

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