Factors liable to have an effect on use of technology:
In the US in 2010 this was noted as no longer a substantial factor in internet use, running at 79% of each.
• Digital natives and immigrants (age)
At different times in our lives, it is likely that our ability, available time, and desire to use technologies will change.
Inevitably, location will affect availability. Current ranges from 10.9% (Africa) to 77.4% (North America)
• Socio-economic group
Pew’s studies show that use is still lower in the lowest income groups.
• Educational attainment
Pew’s studies show that use is still lower in the lowest educational attainment groups.
• Activities using technologies
Which activities are carried out using the technology under investigation – social media, text, chat, games, TV, shopping, gambling, work activities – etc.
• Personality type
We would need to link the study to any specific vulnerability and mental health issues.
• Investigative methods
Did the participants self-select, or were they invited?
• Physical health
We would need to link the study to any specific physical health or access issues.
• Technology development
The development of technologies themselves over an individual’s lifetime. What is available that meets the individual’s current need?