Frederick G. Conrad

Collaborative Research: Video Communication Technologies in Survey Data Collection

Research Project Description

The proposed studies investigate where video communication technologies might fit into this landscape. Use of two-way videomediated communication technologies (e.g., Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, WebEx, GoToMeeting, etc.) has become ordinary for personal and business communication for a growing percentage of the population (e.g., Duggan, 2013). At the same time, one-way communication via recorded video has become ubiquitous - at least for those with digital access and who choose to use it - both in standalone implementations (e.g., watching YouTube or Vimeo, watching pre-flight safety instructions as a passenger) and embedded versions (e.g., viewing an attached video in a text messaging application, email, or social media posting). But little is yet known about how these technologies could be used for effective social measurement - how they might affect respondent participation, engagement, disclosure, rapport, or conscientiousness - and how video (two-way or one-way recorded) might compare in access, data quality or cost with the data collection modes currently in use.

National Science Foundation

Funding Period: 9/15/2018 to 8/31/2020

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