Detailed info on Participating in my Research

Originally, this was in another post where you could also register. I’ve split it out to make that page a little neater….

Well, I was planning on keeping this blog active over 2020, but you know, the pandemic happened and everything got thrown into a real claymore-style mess.

HOWEVER… I know some people have found this here blog from various social media posts shared by awesome people, and may have been pointed here regarding my call for participants for my research project. So I thought I’d add some details here…

(P.S. FULL details are in a Participant Information Statement that you’ll be sent if you sign up to participate)

The What, Who, When, Where, How and Why of participating in my research

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Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?

The What
My thesis itself is on how young adults actually use social media – how they negotiate with the settings and options – to see what they want to see on their news feed. I also want to gauge how much of an impact or difference this might make on what is shown to people on different social media platforms.

It’s a mixed-method approach to data collection, and I’ll be both interviewing people about their social media habits, as well as joining their social networks. A full run down of exactly what is involved is available in the Participant Information Statement (PIS) that I send out to all potential participants. You can also read my student profile over at the University of Sydney.

The Who
I’m specifically looking at young Australian adults, so if you’re between 18-30 years of age, are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, and access social media, I’d love you to take part.

The When
I’m collecting data across 2021, so anytime that works for you really!

The Where
I’m personally based in Sydney, but I’m really keen to talk to people from all over Australia, including rural and remote locations. It really comes down to how readily you can access the internet and how reliable your connection is, since the interviews would be conducted using Zoom. If you are Sydney based and would prefer face to face interviews, these would be held at the University of Sydney, Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

The How
There are 5 interviews in total, spaced out 2 weeks apart. The initial interview goes into a bit more detail to understand which social platforms you’re active on, and the last one will ask for your reflections on the experience. Otherwise, each interview follows more or less the same format, and should take no more than 30 minutes each – most so far have taken about 20.

The Why

Well, this is a tough one as all the why’s for me are very personal. I’m pretty passionate about technology and social media platforms in particular, so understanding how much agency we actually have when we’re on these commercial sites is something I think we should have more information on. Why would you participate? That’s going to be personal too, but here’s a few reasons that might resonate with you:

  • You’re interested in social media too and the effect it has on all of us
  • You’re excited to contribute to building knowledge in this area
  • You’d like to learn what goes into a research project
  • You want your voice and experience on social media to be heard
  • You’d like an AUD $50 gift card to either Apple App & iTunes or Google Play

That’s right – if you complete all 5 of the interviews, we will say thank you with a AUD $50 gift card to either Apple App & iTunes or Google Play. Further details are in the Participant Information Statement, which we send to you when you register.

So if this sounds like something you’d be keen to get in on, you can register using the form on this post, or use it to ask a question about participating.

Feel free to get in touch on my socials instead: I’m @The_Gusia on Twitter and @gusialavegana on Instagram and TikTok.

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