RESEARCH ABOUT MOBILE APPS AS AN INDICATION OF HOW DIFFERENT GENERATIONS OF INDIVIDUALS USE MOBILE INTERFACES
What am I looking at: How do different generations use mobile interfaces?
The analysis of screenshots can provide information about what kind of apps, what order and disposition, and what notion of desktop organisation individuals have. Additionally, the types of apps, their uses and the amount of apps an individual has are all indications of how individuals use mobile interfaces. By looking at two separate generations, this project will see how different generations use mobile interfaces.
Research Question: What apps do two differing age groups (people born within the 1990s and people born within the 1960s) use? What differences and/or similarities are there? How do they organise their apps?
Sample: 30 participants (15 for each condition) 15 people born within the 1990s and 15 people born within the 1960s.
Method: Data collection (Screenshots)
People will be asked to take screenshots of their smartphones’ home screen(s) – if they have multiple, screenshots of all will be desired. These will be sent directly to me so I can collate the data. Along with the screenshot, I will ask for their age and gender.
Sample: 10 participants (5 for each condition) 5 people born within the 1990s and 5 people born within the 1960s.
Asking participants questions about whether they organise or order their apps on their smartphones’ home screen. I can allow participants to elaborate during the interview on specific areas of intrigue.
Questions still to be determined and may be modified after regarding research in part 1.
For part 1, 30 participants will be required, 15 people born within the 1990s and 15 people born within the 1960s. It is required to have a sample made up of two separate generations (by limiting each to a set decade ensures that this is the case) so that differences and similarities between the two are more identifiable. These two generations were decided upon based on their ease to supply participants.
For part 2, 10 participants will be required, 5 people born in the 1990s and 5 people born in the 1960s. There will be two separate generations as with Part 1.
The samples will be kept small to ensure that enough participants will be found to complete the project. However, in part 1, by having 30 participants, the sample will be large enough to generate quantifiable results which can be analysed and compared. In part 2, the sample is small enough that there will be time given to analysing the qualitative results as generated through the interviews.