Multitasking in Young Adults Madelyne WimberleyLIBR 285-18: Research Methods in Libraries and Information Science Professor Suellen Adams November 16, 2011
Introduction What’s the Question? How and why do young adults multitask? Initial Study done the Summer of 2011 showed teens ability to multitask with digital media. The initial study will beexpanded and reformed to try and give insights to how and why young adults multitask.
Initial Study Focus How teens interact with digital resources such as blogs, library databases, cell phones, etc. Methodology Observation Observed three teens girls hold a conversation while listening to music, eating, and reading a magazine Surveys Online survey of 14 questions revealed digital multitasking while filling out the survey
New Study Participants• 30 people for interviews• Randomly chosen• Both male and female• Ages 15 to 18 yrs old• From 6 public schools spaced throughout the same city
New Study Methodology Observation A minimum of three hours of observation time for each school will take place in school study areas and or media centers. Qualitative Interviews Interviews will not have a specific structure but will have similar focuses. What does multitasking mean to you? How do you multitask? How does it effect your school and social life?
Conclusion & Data Analysis Interviews to be recorded and transcribed verbatim Interviews and observation notes to be coded by independent researcher Both open coding and axial coding will be used QDA Program such as NVivo will be used to help narrow categories core concepts