The joy & the pain of recruiting for a study

FZ.se_logTo my surprise, my survey made it to the front page of the Swedish gaming site FZ.se. Thank you for embracing science! Happy to see that the recruiting part of the inevitable process of research is valued!

I felt a little melancholy since my research on Game Transfer Phenomena started thanks to motivated and open-minded Swedish gamers who spent hours telling me about how gaming had influenced their lives. This resulted in the first published paper in 2011.

It is challenging to accomplish the goal without stakeholders embracing and acknowledging the value of knowledge, research and science.

This really takes me to the controversy if participants should or should not be rewarded for participating in research.

When I wanted to offer participation in an Amazon vouchers raffle as a gift for participating in the survey, the board of ethics at my university considered it as instigation to gambling. Not easy my dear researcher colleagues!

Interestingly, so far, my own experience this is a common practice and it is even used by some universities for filling out student satisfaction surveys. I even got a price once! 😊 In any case, there are a few caveats when participants join research for other than just intrinsic motivations.

I’m resisting to recruit participants only inside the confines of our lovely academia, which would be the easy thing to do!

Unfortunately, I have been banned in various gaming outlets, for spamming. Reaching stakeholders is not always easy or possible.

Gamers, I know you are out there, but how I can reach you?

You have not even had a chance to decide if you want to join the journey of the understanding of Game Transfer Phenomena.

I’m just starting, but it has been exhaustive!

Thanks to all that have collaborated promoting the survey so far! Special thank you to Rodrigo Villanueva and Pablo Lopez.

Any ideas, tips, etc are welcome!

Please participate (and spread the link):

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GTPS-R

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About Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari

Dr. Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari is Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research fellow in Cyberpsychology. Critical inquiry on the psychosocial implications of interactive media technologies has been her professional passion since undergraduate school, when she conducted one of the first studies on internet addiction. Game Transfer Phenomena (GTP) is her area of research expertise, for which she has won awards. Dr. Ortiz de Gortari’s research has been featured in different media worldwide including Discovery News, History Channel News, BBC World Service, the New Scientist and the International Herald Tribune. Her research on GTP has even inspired an episode of the TV series CSI: Cyber. She has published academically and presented at several international conferences. The goal of her research is maximizing the psychological and social benefits of interactive virtual technologies while reducing the potential risks it can present to some individuals.

Posted on September 3, 2017, in Media, New Survey and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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