How Has Your View Of Your Research Topic Changed?
It is not too uncommon to find many researchers change their view on a topic once they have finished researching about it. This can be due to a number of reasons, such as simply being misinformed about the topic beforehand, or making a groundbreaking discovery. Usually, it is a mixture of the two that leads researchers to change their hypothesis or view from before they began their research. In this article, I will discuss how my own research affected my opinion on my research topic.
The topic that I chose to focus on for my research was the effects of social media on millenials. The reason why I was primarily concerned about millenials is due to the fact that they are the first generation to receive constant exposure to social media during their formative years.
To truly decipher the effects of social media, I needed to analyze a cohort who knows no other world than with social media. This is why the millennial age group was the perfect fit for the purpose of my research. I also included research on older people because they grew up in a time without social media. The comparison between the two would give me a good idea on the potential effects of social media.
Views Before Research
One of the main motivating factors for why I chose to undertake this research was how very negative connotations were associated with social media without any empirical evidence. Social media is still a very new medium for communication and so there is very little research on the subject matter. However, this does not stop the media from assigning blame for anything negative to social media.
My own personal hypothesis on the matter was that social media had little to no impact on the development of a child. I believed that the social skills of a person that grew up using social media would be the same as a person who grew up without using social media.
Results And Views Post-Research
My research showed results contradictory to my personal opinion. It was seen that those who grew up using social media extensively felt more apprehension in real life social settings than those who did not. The younger cohort, in general, was less social than the elder cohort. I now do believe that social media has some role in affecting the social skills of adults who were exposed to it during their formative years.
As you can see from my own experience, it is very possible for your own research to change your opinion on a topic. This is especially true if you hold an opinion on a topic with sparse research, such as mine, and uncover a breakthrough in your work.