The evolution of new technologies has changed the way we live our lives. Things we would normally do in person, we now do online, including shop, communicate with our friends, family, collaborate with our peers, even preliminary meets can now be held with your GP via technology enabled platforms these days!
Another thing that has been affected by technology is the way we study and the way we carry out research. The ways we would ordinarily carry out research are changing, manifesting in new techniques like Living Labs, online surveys and polls, etc.
There are many advantages of using online polls. Carbonaro, Bainbridge and Wolodko (2002) say that online polls have the advantage of, “built in security methods and user-friendly editing features (e.g. copy and paste, data processing, storage and display)”. Other advantages would be the diversity of the responses that can be gotten, less cost to produce and administer, the users being able to thoughtfully and honestly answer the questions in their own time, on and on and on.
Guess what? Introducing a new polls section on this website!
Yes, I’m launching a new category on the website today, and it’s the polls section. It is modeled after the http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/ website which posts different surveys based on topical issues. The polls on this site will focus on governance in Nigeria (and related issues), especially as enhanced or derailed by social media. Over time, I expect it to cover a variety of other issues, but for now, it’s social media, and social media alone!
Feel free to either pick from the options provided, or pen your own. Ready? Let’s get it to it then, what does social media mean to you?