How Did You Deal With The Ethical Implications Of Your Work?
During the course of any research, due to the nature of the work, ethical questions will be raised about your methods to attain results. Unfortunately, in the real world, many researchers overlook ethics in order to attain what they want at any cost. However, you want to ensure that your research is as ethical as possible, and to ensure this; it always helps to read about the experiences of someone who has gone through the process and faced many ethical dilemmas. In this article, I will explain how I dealt with the ethical implications of my work.
Before I go on to explain the ethical questions that were raised during the course of my research, it is a good idea for me to explain what my methodology entailed. The focus of my research was on the effects of social media on younger people, particularly millenials. My methodology was to survey two groups of people; a younger cohort that grew up surrounded by social media in their child and teenage years. There was also an older cohort who grew up without any exposure to social media, as it simply did not exist back then.
The survey asked different questions about many different aspects of the participant’s lives. For example, as you may have guessed, there was a heavy emphasis on social media the participant’s usage. Questions on social interactions in person were also prominent on the survey.
Afterwards, to ensure that the responses to the survey were accurate, a further sample was taken to have their social media usage monitored and tracked. As it turned out, the responses to the survey were usually really accurate and there was not much dishonesty involved by the participants.
As you can see, there were a few ethical dilemmas I had to consider in my methodology. Firstly, I had to ensure that my survey questions were not too intrusive for the participants. Therefore, I made sure that the questions asked did not encroach on anyone’s privacy and any questions that people felt uncomfortable answering were left out. The surveys were also done anonymously.
The biggest ethical dilemma was the part of monitoring the social media usage of the participants. For this stage, anyone who did not feel comfortable with having their social media usage monitored could decline the request, and their answers from the survey would be taken. There was also financial compensation offered for this part of the research to those who participated. Many security procedures were taken to protect the privacy of the participants.
You will have many ethical dilemmas to content with when undertaking your research. With this article, I hope you have a better preparation in dealing with such questions.