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In discussing using secondary research to answer the question of Does internet usage affect the way people aged 34 and under behave? and what was learned in the process, it is safe to conclude that secondary research is the best way to appro

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Mini Project Introduction: Quantitative research is a process of gathering and analyzing numerical data. A common way that this is done, is through secondary research. But before any research can be done, there must be a research question. For example, does internet usage affect the way people aged 34 and under behave? It is also helpful to hypothesize what the outcome may be, in this case, that internet usage does in fact affect the way people aged 34 and under behave. Methodology Secondary research is the process of gathering information from in a way that does not involve gathering new data. All information comes from sources that have collected the data previously (Savage 2). There are three types of secondary research, Personal, Official Documents, and Internal resources. Personal resources are things such as pictures and blogs, Internal resources are sources that companies get to do research for them, and the product is an internal resource, and data mining. Official Documents are everything from internet sources to mass media to private government documents. The sources that were found for the research question stated are both official document sources (Savage 5). The first source is from Statistics Canada which falls under government documents, and the other source is from a journal which would also be considered a government document. ...read more.

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Some disadvantages to secondary research are, that there is less familiarity with the data that is being collected, some data that is found can be too complex, or not complex enough which might lead to research project that is not detailed enough (Savage 28). Also, there is no control over the data quality of the sources because the data relies on other people, and the biggest problem with secondary research is that the key variable in a research project may be missing. There is a very small chance that a source will have the exact information that is being sought out, which is why data analysis is needed to compare different sources (Savage 28). Summary of Findings: For this topic, one would find that using the secondary research method would be the best way to go about making a research project about the affect of internet usage on an individual's behaviour. This is because, first, it would be very difficult to go out in the field and actually gather this information and get accurate data to support the hypothesis being made. Having the accessibility to his information allows for this type of information to be gathered much more effectively. If someone were to go out to try to gather in data, the process of gathering a proper population, and finding subjects that are affected by internet use would be very complicated and time consuming. ...read more.

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a certain research question, but if it is not presented in a clear way, that source may not be used when it should have. This also causes problems when deciding if a source is meaningful, because if the information is not laid out in a clear and comprehensible manner, then the information it is trying to present may not seem like it is useful. Using just the two sources gathered, some questions may be raised about the research method chosen. First, it would be difficult to gather information on every behavioral change caused by internet use, but is there a way to do this in an efficient way? Also, what ethical issues are involved in obtaining information that was gathered by someone else, and did that person get they're information from someone else? Conclusion: In discussing using secondary research to answer the question of "Does internet usage affect the way people aged 34 and under behave?" and what was learned in the process, it is safe to conclude that secondary research is the best way to approach a question like this. This is largely due to this method being more effective cost and time wise, but also because it allows for a more in depth analysis by gathering information from a number of different sources, and taking different opinions, views and findings and combining them to create one in-depth research project that can best answer the research question. ...read more.

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