Instant messaging and social networks: the advantages in online research methodology

Kazeem Oseni, Kate Dingley, Penny Hart

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Abstract

The use of instant messaging and social networks in the world today is a concept with high esteem. The efforts of many researchers to merge it with various research methods is still a new trend of strong debate. This study will examine the advantages of instant messaging and social networks in online research methodology scenario. With the advent of web-based messaging applications, one now wonder the difficulties researchers face on a daily basis to schedule a one-on-one interview with the potential participants. Instant message apps are surging in popularity across the world as these apps encourage peer-to-peer communications and allow users to exchange instant messages online and through their mobile devices. This study is done using online focus group discussion consisting of five members expressing their views on this novel domain, the important of instant messaging and social networks on research methods as against the traditional one-on-one interview approach for data collection. The results obtained from the focus group discussions highlight the important of the instant messaging and social networks in research methodology as this indicate a new shift and direction in research advancement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-62
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Education Technology
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event6th International Conference on Education and Information Technology (ICEIT 2017) - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Mar 201710 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • instant messaging
  • social networks
  • online research methodology
  • data collection

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