Hi everyone. Last week I conducted the second survey with grade 8’s at my school. I wasn’t able to share it with all of them and was only able to get 37 responses, as opposed to the 68 that I got the first time.
The first question I asked was what their biggest takeaway from Screenagers was. For six of them, their biggest takeaway had something to do with videogame rehab. Some had never realized that it was something that even existed, others thought that it was unnecessary and one of them could identify someone they knew who they thought was addicted to videogames. 60% of the responses that I received said that their biggest takeaway had something to do with the negative impacts of technology. Many said that technology is a distraction and takes away from more important things in life, some also said that it can be addicting, can cause mental health issues and is used too much. Many students thought that the film was outdated, cheesy, biased and was a way for adults to say that everything that technology is bad.
The second question I asked them was if the information in Screenagers was new to them and all of them said that no, it was all old information for them. One of the things that I was most curious about was if they changed how they use technology since seeing screenagers. 68% said that they have not changed, but 22% said that yes, they have changed how they use technology. The fact that all of them said that the information in Screenagers was not new to them, is something that definitely impacted the results.
The final question I asked them was what one thing that they would like to change about how they use technology. The most common answer that they responded with had something to do with reducing their screen time. Many of them want to reduce their screen time, especially at night, when they are around others, and when they need to focus. Some of them also want to become less dependent on it and use social media less. Many also said that they do not need to change how they use technology at all.
The results that I received from the first and second questions were basically what I was expecting. I had a good idea that they would have had a fair amount of previous knowledge about this topic. The thing that I was a little bit surprised about was how many of them did not change how they used technology; although it makes sense based on the fact that they generally did not find the information to be new.
A few sources of error that could have impacted the results were:
- Small sample size - I was not able to do this survey with the same amount of people that I did the first survey with.
- Time since seeing Screenagers - It had been over three weeks since they had seen screenagers, so they would not have remembered the same information they would have earlier.
Thanks for reading.