This study, led by Professor Claire Warwick with me at the University of Durham, aims to understand the use of technologies for remote working necessitated by the COVID-19 outbreak or to uncover the continuities that persist despite it. Many of the activities that we once carried out face to face have had to be replaced by digital channels. We are interested in understanding the effects of these changes, especially on how you feel about the nature of what you are doing, and how effectively technology is supporting you (or not).
Is digital better than physical?
Is it worse, or is it just different?
If so, how?
What frustrates you?
What do you enjoy? What surprises you?
Print by Mariann Hardey. Into The Distance. April 2020.
There are two ways to take part in this research using the diary form on this page, please either:
Keep the diary for between 2-5 days, and list all the tasks you were doing, regardless of technology use.
Keep the diary around for longer, and only enter your thoughts when you use a digital tool to replace a physical interaction (eg using Zoom instead of having a face to face meeting)
You are welcome to do either.
When you have finished, please simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org We will anonymise all data, so nothing that you say will be associated with your name- which will be replaced with a participant number when the data is processed.
Diary studies work best when accompanied by interviews- remote ones, of course- of a small sample or respondents. So if you would be willing to have a short follow-up interview, please indicate this on the form.
Thank you for your interest in the study. Claire and Mariann.