This week we were set the task of logging all of our actions in relation to engaging with ‘the network.’ Every time I sent an email, watched a tv episode, searched on google maps I took note, making me very aware and ashamed of my Netflix binge day. In fact, it got to the point where I had to force myself out of the house to socialise with friends to ‘balance out’ my exposure to technology.
When visualising in a chart form and comparing my findings to my classmates, it was clear I texted and used social media a lot less than the average young adult. This could have been a result of my poor multi-tasking skills (when watching Netflix, it usually has my undivided attention) but I still believe that I use Facebook and Snapchat a lot less than my peers on most days.
If I was to consider the pros and cons of this form of data collection, the sample size of data gathered was too small and therefore less reliable as everyone recorded a different day of the week (aligned with different activities such as work or uni). If a whole week was recorded, this could have assured a more accurate representation of the class’s engagement with the network.
‘How to Research’ (2010) Blaxter, L. et. al. Maidenhead, England : Open University Press 4th Edition. EBook.