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Online research about online research: advantages and disadvantages
Online research about online research: advantages and disadvantages

Author(s): Marija Topuzovska Latkovikj, Mirjana Borota Popovska
Subject(s): Media studies, Social psychology and group interaction, Experimental Pschology, Marketing / Advertising, ICT Information and Communications Technologies
Published by: Fundacja Pro Scientia Publica
Keywords: online research methods; online data; online sampling; Internet;

Summary/Abstract: Aim. Many people believe that the Internet may revolutionise several disciplines by allowing easier and faster data collection, larger and geographically diverse samples, and therefore collecting more representative data. However, others are skeptical of its usability as well as its practical value. The paper’s aim is to highlight both positive and negative outcomes in the online research. Methods. The paper is based on the e-methodological approach by using exclusively online data and online research methods: secondary data/articles with an open access about the topic in the literature review section; and online forum as an online research method for the data collection. Results. As the most common advantages are recognised: quick access to information, wide geographical scope, a larger sample size leading to greater statistical power, reduced cost of conducting empirical research, support from online search engines and data bases, open data sources, no need for face-to-face interaction, no paper wasted. The most common disadvantages appointed by the respondents are: the need of evaluation for the accuracy of the online sources, the need for Internet access, limited access or high costs of some data bases, the contrast between fresh and redundant data available, irrelevant data, the need and knowledge for precise formulation of the key phrases/questions, users’ multiple accounts, AI involvement, low motivation of the targeted respondents, unreliable answers, etc. Conclusions. It is interesting that the narratives confirm the already highlighted positive and negative outcomes in the online research process as they are already elaborated in the theoretical frame. This research proves that is possible to use the online forums for gathering data, especially in the kinds of networks, where the most important attribute of the respondents is known solely by the membership itself. Because the internet is widespread, easily available, low costing, it is important to open a wide discussion about overcoming shortcomings on online research approach, and come to the useful and improved solutions.

  • Issue Year: 6/2019
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 44-56
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English