Facebook dissertation help!!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by bushra, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. bushra macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    Your input on the following survey will be invaluable for the research study I am conducting, which aims at investigating Facebook users’ awareness of privacy issues and perceived benefits and risks of utilizing Facebook. I encourage you to share this survey link with your friends that use Facebook.

    Please take the time to complete every question. I sincerely appreciate the time you are taking to do this, and it will yield more productive results. Every answer you give in detail will be important for my analysis.


    http://www.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?E4C0ACB6E4A0B5B5E5


    Thank you for completing my survey.
    ;)
     
  2. wvuwhat macrumors 65816

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  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I completed it, although I don't use Facebook very much.
     
  4. bushra thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. Skengman macrumors member

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    I don't mean to be cynical, but isn't this survey asking for quite a lot of personal information?

    Surely my name, age, gender, email address and place of residence is a lot to ask on a survey about privacy?

    I completed it, but I didn't fill out the first 5 questions 100% truthfully. I didn't deviate too far from the truth though, to try to keep the results valid.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Sorry dude, I was all set to fill it in, until it asked for my name, age and email address. I'm not sure why you need an email address for a survey/statistical analysis. I don't give those things out freely.
     
  7. ethical macrumors 68000

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    I agree. Age and gender are ok, obviously they can be used to compare between groups of people....but name and email address are unnecessary.
     
  8. kolax macrumors G3

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    Only three pieces of information you should have asked from me were:

    Age, Country and Gender.
     
  9. nastebu macrumors 6502

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    some questions

    I understand not wanting to give name and email, but it's a perfectly legit request if the op is really going to use this in a dissertation. Anonymous online surveys are not usable in any serious research.

    On the other hand, Bushra, I don't see any IRB information. I'm not comfortable filling it out either without comments about the privacy of the data you're collecting, a statement as to how the data will be used, that kind of basic irb stuff.
     
  10. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I understand that you might need email for verification purposes but no, you're not having that.
     
  11. bushra thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys for replaying. Well, if you don't feel comfort about giving out your name, email and age, you can write instead "private".
     
  12. kolax macrumors G3

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    Just completed it.

    Few tips: wording of the questions wasn't always that great. Also, you should have a "maybe" or "don't know" option to get more correct data. Making folk choose yes or no doesn't always get the most accurate statistics. A few of the questions, I'd have chosen "don't know" or "maybe" because it isn't something I had really considered.
     

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