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The Use of PCs, Smartphones, and Tablets in a Probability-Based Panel Survey

Lugtig, Peter and Toepoel, Vera (2016) 'The Use of PCs, Smartphones, and Tablets in a Probability-Based Panel Survey.' Social Science Computer Review, 34 (1). 78 - 94. ISSN 0894-4393

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<jats:p> Respondents in an Internet panel survey can often choose which device they use to complete questionnaires: a traditional PC, laptop, tablet computer, or a smartphone. Because all these devices have different screen sizes and modes of data entry, measurement errors may differ between devices. Using data from the Dutch Longitudinal Internet Study for the Social sciences panel, we evaluate which devices respondents use over time. We study the measurement error associated with each device and show that measurement errors are larger on tablets and smartphone than on PCs. To gain insight into the causes of these differences, we study changes in measurement error over time, associated with a switch of devices over two consecutive waves of the panel. We show that within individuals, measurement errors do not change with a switch in device. Therefore, we conclude that the higher measurement error in tablets and smartphones is associated with self-selection of the sample into using a particular device. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 09:01
Last Modified: 14 May 2021 00:15

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