The Pew Research Center recently released a report on the internet's effect on millenials. The report notes that
Teens and young adults brought up from childhood with a continuous connection to each other and to information will be nimble, quick-acting multitaskers who count on the Internet as their external brain and who approach problems in a different way from their elders, according to a new survey of technology experts.
a) Note that this report isn't about what actually will happen to young adults becuase of their hyperconnectivity; it's about what certain people think will happen. According to the quote above, who was polled for this report?
Pew Research Center is helpfully up-front about its sampling techniques. Read this excerpt about their sampling for this particular survey, taken from this page:
The survey results are based on a non-random, opt-in, online sample of 1,021 internet experts and other internet users, recruited via email invitation.
And in case you weren't sure what the implications of that sampling method are, they also add:
Since the data are based on a non-random sample, a margin of error cannot be computed, and the results are not projectable to any population other than the experts in this sample.
b) Among the sampling strategies described in Chapter 6 and summarized in Figure 6.12, what kind of sampling did Pew use?
c) What would Pew have to do differently in order to get a truly representative sample of internet experts?
d) How might you study the true effect of internet hyperconnectivity on young adults? How could you test the hypothesis that they will "solve problems differently," for example?