Dilettantism in investigating the impact of the internet on the wellbeing of the elderly

Firth, Lucy and Mellor, David 2009, Dilettantism in investigating the impact of the internet on the wellbeing of the elderly, Quality and quantity : international journal of methodology, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 185-196.

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Title Dilettantism in investigating the impact of the internet on the wellbeing of the elderly
Author(s) Firth, Lucy
Mellor, David
Journal name Quality and quantity : international journal of methodology
Volume number 43
Issue number 2
Start page 185
End page 196
Total pages 12
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1573-7845
1573-7845
Keyword(s) elderly
internet
quality of life
Summary The surge of interest in the social impacts of the Internet has led information systems experts to apply methods and theories garnered from disciplines such as psychology and sociology. As researcher look across disciplines for methods and explanations of outcomes, they run the risk of researching badly. This may be because they are inexperienced in the theory or method, or because the theory or method is not entirely applicable to the context that challenges them. Thus, in the search for the novelty necessary to achieve publications, and given the lack of experience in applying information systems to issues beyond the corporate sphere, research that does not hold water is being undertaken. This is of particular interest because it is not necessarily being undertaken by the novice. The research reported here was undertaken by experienced researchers using experimental and interview methods with which they had experience in other disciplines (psychology and economics). However, the context of researching the impact of the Internet on the quality of life of first time users over the age of 65 was sufficiently different as to render the methods and possibly the theory inappropriate. This dilettantism must be recognized for what it is.
Notes Published online: 22 September 2007
Language eng
Field of Research 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2007, Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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