Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been busy contacting organisation and individuals with a view to finding participants for my empirical research. I’ve managed to get about a quarter of the required amount in the first week which has been really good progress and I’ve sent requests to a number of online sources and now waiting for some replies.
The most difficult group to penetrate are the 40 to 50 age range. I can’t yet find a natural online resting place where this age group create and upload content. Maybe they are too busy setting the parental control filtering software to have time to create content. I’ve been searching the web for creative communities and then posted a PhD: call for participants pdf for them to respond.
University students on creative and media courses are very willing volunteers but I need to get a far wider reach than students to balance this study. But so far I’ve been encouraged by the response and speedy take-up of potential involvement. Still early days and a lot more work to do.