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Internet Addiction?

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    Black Swan wrote: »
    Main survey by mail. Followup sampling interviews. Z-score between.
    Any Internet use questions for 2020?


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Fathom wrote: »
    Census Bureau attempts sample validation due to low returns.
    I thought census questionnaires had to be given back?


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    mzungu wrote: »
    I thought census questionnaires had to be given back?
    Indeed, but not enforced.


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    Internet addiction Litmus test? Texting, vid surfing, or talking while sitting in public toilet?


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Fathom wrote: »
    Internet addiction Litmus test? Texting, vid surfing, or talking while sitting in public toilet?

    IMO so many different areas it's hard to pin one down that could be used.


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    mzungu wrote: »
    IMO so many different areas it's hard to pin one down that could be used.
    Student texter walked into me today. Different areas...


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    mzungu wrote: »
    IMO so many different areas it's hard to pin one down that could be used.
    Ubiquitous.


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    Internet addiction. Reiterates the myth of mental illness.


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    I definitely suffer from this. Only i don't miss it when i am away from it. I just can't get off it once im on.


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    I definitely suffer from this. Only i don't miss it when i am away from it. I just can't get off it once im on.
    Millennial generation cultural differences?


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    I definitely suffer from this. Only i don't miss it when i am away from it. I just can't get off it once im on.

    No need to worry just yet! :) We don't know yet if internet addiction is a thing, the jury is still out. If I had to guess, I would say that it will be put under the general addictive behaviours category in future. In that it is not an addiction in itself, but rather the addictive behaviour is a sign that something else in amiss with the person.


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    mzungu wrote: »
    No need to worry just yet! :) We don't know yet if internet addiction is a thing, the jury is still out. If I had to guess, I would say that it will be put under the general addictive behaviours category in future. In that it is not an addiction in itself, but rather the addictive behaviour is a sign that something else in amiss with the person.
    Where is the line drawn between addictive behavior and normal behavior during the technological wave of adoption and adaptation ongoing today? If a line exists, is it a moving target, as culture is?


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Fathom wrote: »
    Where is the line drawn between addictive behavior and normal behavior during the technological wave of adoption and adaptation ongoing today? If a line exists, is it a moving target, as culture is?

    Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) research reveals that "95.8% of 8- to 12-year-olds feel anxiety or depressed if wi-fi is turned off in their home or their access to tablets or mobile phones is restricted. This figure has been steadily increasing over the last few years where, despite awareness campaigns, the access to devices with internet availability is increasing among younger children and therefore their dependency level is increasing."

    Link: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/worrying-trends-in-the-effects-of-internet-use-among-primary-school-children-925847.html


    I think 25 years ago if the Sega Megadrive was taken away similar levels of anxiety and depression might have been recorded. Nothing to do with the internet. Likewise, cancel the subscription to Sky Sports for the premiership and you would get the same thing.


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    mzungu wrote: »


    I think 25 years ago if the Sega Megadrive was taken away similar levels of anxiety and depression might have been recorded. Nothing to do with the internet. Likewise, cancel the subscription to Sky Sports for the premiership and you would get the same thing.
    Years before, when the TV was withheld?


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Fathom wrote: »
    Years before, when the TV was withheld?

    Exactly, the anxiety comes from the removal of the familiar source of entertainment.


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    Oddly, Internet college courses lag behind trend. Students enroll. Don't complete.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Fathom wrote: »
    Oddly, Internet college courses lag behind trend. Students enroll. Don't complete.

    I would be interested in the age profile there. Do drop out rates match bricks and mortar colleges etc?


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    mzungu wrote: »
    I would be interested in the age profile there. Do drop out rates match bricks and mortar colleges etc?
    Controlling by age. Good point.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Fathom wrote: »
    Controlling by age. Good point.

    I think it would be interesting to compare the age of those that leave bricks and mortar colleges vs online. Demographics may change somewhat as I would imagine the former caters to a younger age group whereas the latter an older one.


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    mzungu wrote: »
    I think it would be interesting to compare the age of those that leave bricks and mortar colleges vs online.
    Certainly worth a study. The free edX may have a worldwide dataset. Would they be interested in an evaluation study? Master or doctorate topic?
    mzungu wrote: »
    Demographics may change somewhat as I would imagine the former caters to a younger age group whereas the latter an older one.
    Distance education has been a department in California Community Colleges. They would have the data for 110 different campuses. Once again a grand prospective study.


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    2-degree related topics and data sets for Internet.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 47,099 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Black Swan


    Fathom wrote: »
    2-degree related topics and data sets for Internet.
    I wonder if anyone ever sees the potential in these Internet related research topics, and actually pursues one? Swannie continues to spin wheels.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Black Swan wrote: »
    Certainly worth a study. The free edX may have a worldwide dataset. Would they be interested in an evaluation study? Master or doctorate topic?

    Distance education has been a department in California Community Colleges. They would have the data for 110 different campuses. Once again a grand prospective study.

    Definitely worth a doctorate study, mainly because there could be financial benefits to the results. Find where the dropout demographics are, target more resources to that area thus making the system more efficient.


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    mzungu wrote: »
    Definitely worth a doctorate study, mainly because there could be financial benefits to the results. Find where the dropout demographics are, target more resources to that area thus making the system more efficient.
    Across the pond this research topic would probably fall within an education college of a university. There may be funding. The RFPs start rolling out in the fall and winter over here. An Irish university grad student could be a part of a collaborative research team that spans the pond, and collect data for his/her degree. Then again, the Internet aspect could fall within computer science or demographics or social psychology departments. Perhaps others? Or a grad student could study Irish universities and distance ed.


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    Will search RFPs.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 47,099 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Black Swan


    Fathom wrote: »
    Will search RFPs.
    If you need help, give me a SHOUT.


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    Black Swan wrote: »
    If you need help, give me a SHOUT.

    Will do.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Black Swan wrote: »
    Across the pond this research topic would probably fall within an education college of a university. There may be funding. The RFPs start rolling out in the fall and winter over here. An Irish university grad student could be a part of a collaborative research team that spans the pond, and collect data for his/her degree. Then again, the Internet aspect could fall within computer science or demographics or social psychology departments. Perhaps others? Or a grad student could study Irish universities and distance ed.

    You're right there. That kind of study would fit neatly into a good few different disciplines. I suppose, from the above, social psychology would be the one I would be thinking of. It is subjective though, so others could pick differently and they would not be wrong at all.


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    mzungu wrote: »
    I suppose, from the above, social psychology would be the one I would be thinking of. It is subjective though, so others could pick differently and they would not be wrong at all.
    Type of research? Survey?


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Fathom wrote: »
    Type of research? Survey?

    That would certainly be a way to be able to reach a large number of respondents. However, I think if this was also backed up with interviews then it would provide the best of both worlds.


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