[Air-L] Ipads and fieldwork

Sarah Oates s.oates at lbss.gla.ac.uk
Mon Jul 19 01:24:02 PDT 2010


Hi, also this discussion has convinced me to probably get an iPad instead of a laptop for upcoming fieldwork in Russia in which we will interview people about online activism (or lack thereof) in Moscow and in a region -- we need a more interactive way to display websites and overhead projection not really feasible etc -- although I worry that the iPad itself might be distracting (probably not as a lot of the interviewees will hopefully be active on line and fairly tech-savvy).  
 
Split design might be nice if someone used iPads for some interactions and standard laptops for others to gauge the effect ... hmmm ... probably the fieldwork in Russia doesn't have enough funding for this (we're even struggling to fund a few focus groups). I am theorising that having a more attractive 'window' into the Web will make people approach it as more embedded in their 'everyday' lives (part of our theory) ... maybe someone else could take up this iPad/laptop challenge? And publish in First Monday, say BEFORE my fieldwork? (:  Well, I can always test it out on my students ...  
 
In regards to an earlier message, we are all *s, aren't we? 
 
Sarah 
 
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It looks like research on this question is just getting going and the
marketing researchers are in the forefront.  In my admittedly quick search
there was nothing on use in research, so the conversation here might
constitute the first foray into that area!

A Mashable summary of a Resolve Market Research study on iPad use (text of
the study itself is ~$1700 it looks like, yikes!):
http://mashable.com/2010/07/08/ipad-usage-report/

Yahoo Research has found more men than women are using it-and also looked
at some other demographic factors.  Although it looks like they were only
looking at how people were using the iPad to use their products, which
could inherently bias their results if more men than women use Yahoo.
Link:
http://www.gearlog.com/2010/07/yahoo_study_reveals_men_use_ip.php

comScore has looked into how people intended to use it:
http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2010/3/comScore_Releases_Results_of_Study_on_Apple_iPad

And other scattered stuff too on its use in gaming, by doctors, how it
might be used, and use in other professions, etc.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

>From a PC user,
Jessica

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Jessica L. Beyer
Doctoral Candidate
University of Washington
Department of Political Science
http://students.washington.edu/jlbeyer
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On Sun, 18 Jul 2010, live wrote:

> I think danah is just like all of us who began the conversation- fieldwork.
> That's the research so far.
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> @SharonG
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> On Jul 18, 2010, at 3:17 PM, Barry Wellman wrote:
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>> Mebbe I missed it in the rush of emails, but aside from danah's discussion
>> of her fieldwork, does anyone have any EVIDENCE on iPod use?
>>
>> I'm seeing lots of personal opinions but the R in this list should be real.
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