Online Data Collection From Gamblers: Methodological Issues
The paper outlines the advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet to collect data from gamblers, predominantly online gamblers. Drawing from experience of a number of studies carried out online by the authors and by reviewing the available literature, the authors discuss the main issues concerning data collected using computers and the Internet. The paper examines a number of areas including; recruiting and utilising participants, validity, suitable methods of data collection (i.e., questionnaire studies, online tests, participant observation, online interviews) and ethical issues. It is concluded that online research methods can be a useful way of examining the psychosocial aspects of online gambling and in some cases even traditional gambling activities.
KeywordsOnline research methods Gambling Internet gambling Online gambling
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