Presentation of research results at the GOR 21 conference
Researchers from the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Jošt Bartol, prof. dr. Vasja Vehovar, and doc. dr. Andraž Petrovčič), participated in a virtual conference of the General Online Research association. At the conference, they presented the results of a study examining how trust in surveyors about proper handling of submitted photos and risk beliefs related to submitting photos impact the willingness to submit photos in mobile surveys. The results were presented in the form of a poster titled “Role of risk and trust beliefs in willingness to submit photos in mobile surveys”.
The authors were interested in smartphone users’ attitudes toward submitting photos in a mobile survey, how trust and perceived risk change with photo sensitivity, and the influences of trust and risk beliefs on willingness to submit photos in mobile surveys.
Using nationally representative survey data from Slovenia (N=280), the authors found that smartphone users believe that submitting photos during mobile surveys can be a threat to anonymity. However, users also indicated that they would be willing to submit photos that they did not perceive as too sensitive in terms of possible abuses. In addition, the researchers found that photos perceived as more sensitive were associated with lower trust and higher risk beliefs. Moreover, trust beliefs increased users’ willingness to submit photos while risk beliefs decreased it.
The study was conducted as part of Jošt Bartol's Young Researcher fellowship, funded by the Slovenian Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, and co-funded by the research project J5-8233 (Integration of mobile devices into survey research in social sciences: Development of a comprehensive methodological approach).