1.2 Expert interview

Who was interviewed?

We chose to interview Stein because he is an informatics student at Østfold University College, which is relevant for our topic. He is 23 years old and fits perfectly with our selected age group.Our plan was to interview two different experts about this topic, where one of the interviewees would be between our selected age group from 18-25, and the other interviewee would be with a lecturer with a lot of knowledge about technology and socializing from outside of our selected age group.We couldn’t conduct an interview with a lecturer after asking several unfortunately, so we only interviewed Stein.

Where was the interview conducted?

The interview was conducted in a group room at Østfold University College, Remmen.

How was the interview conducted?

The interview was conducted face to face with the interviewee in a closed room. The type of the interview was semi-structured with some predefined questions, which allowed room for follow-up questions. We had one interviewer and one taking notes. The duration of the interview was 30 minutes.

What was the theme(s) of the interview?

The theme of the interview was to get a better understanding of how young adults socialize using technology.

Why was the theme(s) chosen?

This theme was chosen because we want to research how socialization between young adults has changed because of the development of technology. In other words we wanted to confirm what we found out in the literature search.

Interview guide (questions):

Q1:
How old are you?

Q2:
What do you study?

Q3:
What kind of technology devices do you use in your everyday life?
 – How often do you use these technologies?

Q4:
What do you use these technologies for?

Q5:
How does the technologies you mentioned help you to communicate with others?
 – If these technologies doesn’t help communication:
       Why do you feel that these technologies don’t help with communication?

Q6:
How would you socialize with other people without the use of these technologies?
 – Give an example if interviewee doesn’t understand:
How do you contact your friends if you forget your phone at home or if it is out of power?

Q7:
What is your opinion about using technology and social media to socialize with others?

Q8:
Do you have any security concerns using these technologies?

Q9:
What is your best experience with online communication?
– How did this make you feel?
– How often does it happen?
– When was the last time?

Q10:
What is your worst experience with online communication?
 – How did this make you feel?
 – How often does it happen?
 – When was the last time?
 – Does it happen with people you know?
 – Why do you think the people bullying/harassing others do it?

Q11:
Is there anything we haven’t asked about that you would like to add perhaps?

 

Transcription

We chose to upload the transcription of the interview as a seperate post to not have several pages to scroll through on this post.
The transcription can be seen by clicking the follow link:

Expert interview transcription.

 

Summary

The interviewee uses many different technology devices, but less frequently than before. He thinks it’s easy to socialize and become friends with others online and thinks online communication is a very positive thing, especially to make networks through video games or social media – “My best experiences would be making friends with people and making a network with people from around the world through games and through other means of online communication. Online socializing also makes it easy to avoid feeling lonely. Despite this, he hasn’t used online communication to make new friends the last 2-3 years. Now he prefers to meet people in real life, face-to-face.

The interviewee also feels online communication can have its negative sides as well, as he has experienced online harassment personally. He also thinks that online harassment occurs because of how easy it is to be anonymous – “because you’re not looking at the face of another person. You’re just a name and it doesn’t even have to be your own name.

 

Analysis    

The interviewee got to have a look at the questions we had prepared 10 minutes before the interview. Both the interviewee and the group felt that this was a good idea so that the interviewee got to see the topic and questions in advance, which led to better and more thought through answers. This made the interviewee understand all the questions asked at the interview without any hiccups as well. The interviewee gave relatable and good enough answers for us to reflect on our chosen topic.

When reflecting upon the interview, we feel that some of the interviewee’s answers applies to many young adults from 18-25 as well, but not necessarily all. People are different, and may have different use cases and opinions about socializing via technology. Just because the interviewee says he’s using one specific platform (for example Facebook), that might not apply to everyone within our selected age group.

However, one interviewee would not be a big enough sample size to analyze and compare data from. If we wanted to do a proper analysis and comparison of data of how young adults within our selected age group uses technology for socialization as well as their opinions about the topic, we would need to have several interviews, preferably with a quantitative style.

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