Academic Research Survey - Undergraduate

Academic Research Survey - Undergraduate

Post by zctp.. » Sat, 21 Dec 1996 04:00:00



Hello.  I am a final year undergraduate student at University College London, University of
London, England.  This questionnaire is my means of collecting data for a geographical analysis
of the Internet - with particular reference to meeting and communicating via the Internet.  It
is aimed at users of newsgroups and e-mail.  

Your newsgroup was selected randomly.   If you would complete the questionnaire it would be
much appreciated.  I assure you that all information will be kept confidential and will only be
used for academic research.

I will be ready to accept responses until the 20TH OF JANUARY 1997.

Please respond by

i.      typing an 'x' (for answers with dots to the left hand side) or your written response
(for answers with dots to the right hand side) - in each case please fill in only ONE option -
and E-MAILING THE SURVEY back to me.  

OR

ii.     E-MAILING ME JUST YOUR ANSWERS: type the question number and the letter of your chosen
response (for answers with dots to the left hand side) or the question number and your written
response (for answers with dots to the right hand side) - in each case please fill in only ONE
option.


Thank you.

THE INTERNET IN GENERAL (QUESTIONS 1 TO 3)

1.   Where is the principal computer you use to access the Internet located?
        a.   .....      Office
        b.   .....      Home
        c.   .....      School/College/University
        d.   .....      ***cafe
        e.      Other (please specify) .....

2.   How long do you spend using EACH of the following parts of the Internet (including
off-line reader in each case e.g. Eudora)?
        i.     e-mail - hours per week .....
        ii.    newsgroups - hours per week .....
        iii.   World Wide Web - hours per week .....
        iv.   Internet Relay Chat - hours per week .....
        v.    other - hours per week .....

3.   Do you use the Internet MORE for
        a.  .....       accessing information
        b   .....       communicating with people

E-MAIL (including off-line reader e.g. Eudora) EXCLUDING INTERACTIONS IN NEWSGROUPS (QUESTIONS
4 TO 13)

4.   How long have you been using e-mail? .....

5.   Of the people you communicate with via e-mail, are the MAJORITY:
        a.   .....      people you knew BEFORE you started using e-mail
        b.   .....      people you have become friendly with AS A RESULT of using the Internet

6.   Has your use of e-mail:
        a.   .....      NOT CHANGED the amount you move from one place to another in the real
world
        b.   .....      REDUCED the amount you move from one place to another in the real world
        c.   .....      INCREASED the amount you move from one place to another in the real
world

7.   If you answered (b) reduced OR (c) increased above, could you please give an example .....

8.   If you use e-mail for WORK/STUDY activities, are you communicating MOSTLY with:
        a.   .....      people working in the SAME BUILDING
        b.   .....      people working TEMPORARILY AWAY FROM THE OFFICE
        c.   .....      people who WORK FROM HOME
        d.   .....      people who work ABROAD permanently
        e.      other (please specify) .....

9.   If you use e-mail for WORK/STUDY activities, what PERCENTAGE of the total time you spend
communicating IN GENERAL (letters, telephone, meeting up with people etc) is spent
communicating via e-mail   % .....

10.   If you use e-mail for NON-WORK/STUDY activities, are you communicating MOSTLY with:
        a.   .....      people in the SAME BUILDING
        b.   .....      people within the SAME TOWN/CITY
        c.   .....      people in the SAME COUNTRY
        d.   .....      people ABROAD
        e.      other (please specify) .....

11.   If you use e-mail for NON-WORK/STUDY activities, what PERCENTAGE of the total time you
spend communicating IN GENERAL (letters, telephone, meeting up with people etc) is spent
communicating via e-mail   % .....

12.   Do you use e-mail MORE for:
        a.   .....      work activities
        b.   .....      non-work activities
        c.   .....      neither, about the same

13.   How seriously do you take your interactions via E-MAIL?
        a.   .....      extremely seriously
        b.   .....      very seriously
        c.   .....      seriously
        d.   .....      not very seriously
        e.   .....      not at all seriously

NEWSGROUPS IN GENERAL (QUESTIONS 14 TO 19)  

14.   How many newsgroups do you use?   .....

15.   Do the people you communicate with in your newsgroup(s) FEEL to you, as REAL as the
people you communicate with in the REAL world:
        a.      Yes, because .....
        b.      No, because .....

16.   Have you ever met any members of the newsgroup(s) you belong to?
        a.      Yes, for the purpose of .....
        b.   .....      No, but I would like to
        c.      No, because .....

17.   On the whole do you think anonymity is
        a.   .....      a positive feature of newsgroups
        b.   .....      a negative feature of newsgroups

18.   In theory would you PREFER audio-visual postings in newsgroups to text-based one?
        a.      Yes, because .....
        b.      No, because .....

19.   Do your newsgroup interactions make you feel any more than usual a part of a
GLOBAL/WORLDWIDE community?
        a.   .....      Yes
        b.   .....    No

FOR THIS SECTION (QUESTIONS 20 TO 24) PLEASE SELECT ONE NEWSGROUP YOU BELONG TO AND ANSWER THE
QUESTIONS WITH REFERENCE TO IT

20.   What is the address of this group?   .....

21.   Does the newsgroup have a focus in any country/region?
        a.      Yes, it is focused in .....
        b.   .....      No.

22.   In what countries do the members of your newsgroup live (as many as you can give)? .....

23.   In what country does the most distant person YOU talk to live? .....

24.   What do you gain from subscribing to this newsgroup? .....

MISCELLANEOUS (QUESTIONS 25 AND 26)

25.  How seriously do you take your interactions in NEWSGROUPS?
        a.   .....      extremely seriously
        b.   .....      very seriously
        c.   .....      seriously
        d.   .....      not very seriously
        e.   .....      not at all seriously

26.   Would it be right to say you have become friendly with more people as a result of using
newsgroups, than by using ANY OTHER PART OF THE INTERNET
        a.   .....      Yes
        b.   .....      No, I have met AS MANY via Internet Relay Chat groups
        c.   .....      No, I have met AS MANY via e-mail addresses attached to web sites
        d.      No, I have met AS MANY via (please specify) .....

27. Where did you access this questionnaire? .....

***SPACE (QUESTION 28 AND 30)

28. In your opinion, what/where is ***space? .....

29. How is the Internet related to ***space? .....

30. Do you think ***space could be mapped?  
        a.      Yes, because .....
        b.      No, because .....

PERSONAL INFORMATION (QUESTIONS 31 TO 36)

31. What age group are you in?
        a.   .....      Under 13
        b.   .....      13-16
        c.   .....      17-20          
        d.   .....      21-30
        e.   .....      31-50
        f.   .....      51+

32. Are you:
        a.   .....      Male
        b.   .....      Female

33. What country are you in when you use the Internet? .....

34. Are you currently:
        a.   .....      Student
        b.   .....      Unemployed
        c.   .....      Working full/part time OUTSIDE THE HOME
        d.   .....      Working full/part time FROM THE HOME    
        e.   .....      Retired
        f.   .....      Other (please specify)

35. If you are employed, what is your occupation? .....

36. How long have you been using computers? .....

37. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS PLEASE INCLUDE THEM HERE:
        .....