As we approach the mid-year, we would like to update you on the progress Professor Ida Dupont and I have been working on. Its based on a set of instructional research questions to ask our survey participants.
There were a few obstacles Professor Dupont and I encountered when coming up with our survey questions. Some of the most challenging parts was coming up with how we should ask our questions so they do not make the participants uncomfortable. It’s hard to get transparency from participants when they’re guarded and feeling uncomfortable. Another challenged we faced was having questions that weren’t open-ended questions. We had to decide what our cutoffs would be so we could have a very specific research pool. We decided that our study would focus on the population that has/had been in a relationship from the time they’ve started college and maintained a constant social media presence. We have been going back to the power and control wheel and seeing how each section has a connection to social media. In a practice survey I conducted I found that when asking questions that are more personal you have to be very specific in how you word and ask the questions, it aids in getting a better more specific response from participants. We found that social media plays a big role in relationships in college, whether it’s tagging of pictures, commenting or following certain people can affect the relationship in a positive or negative way. In the practice survey, we also found that most students use the same SNS (Social Network Sites) which were most commonly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Questions that were raised when coming up with our survey questions were the following: How can we form these questions so that participants can give as much detail as possible? How can we bring up the topic of abuse without triggering our participant? What are ways we can form our questions so they don’t come off as we are implying they have been manipulated by their partners through the use of social media?