COVID-19: Technology, Social Connections, Loneliness & Leisure Activities

This study led by Dr Hannah R. Marston and Dr Sarah Earle, and will use a 65-survey deployed online across mailing lists, and social media platforms to reach as many people as possible.

Online Survey

The aims of the COVID19_Tech study are to:

  • Explore technology use, behaviour by citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Explore how citizens use technology to connect with COVID-19 support groups
  • Explore how citizens use technology to share information during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Explore the health and wellbeing of citizens during COVID-19 relating to loneliness, and digital health literacy
  • Explore how sharing information, may differ across different citizens
  • Explore the thoughts of citizens relating to a National Emergency Alert system
  • Explore the behaviour and narratives of users who are using technology to maintain social connections, build new connections during COVID-19 pandemic

RQ1 – How does technology impact social connections, loneliness, & leisure activities during COVID-19?

Consortium members

Project Lead: Dr Hannah R. Marston – Health and Wellbeing Strategic Research Area (Open University, UK)

Co-leads:

  1. Dr Sarah Earle – Health and Wellbeing Strategic Research Area (Open University, UK)
  2. Dr L. Ivan – National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), (Bucharest, Romania)
  3. Professor S. Buttigieg – Department of Health Sciences Management (University of Malta)
  4. Dr PC Ko – Centre for University Core (Singapore University of Social Science, Singapore)
  5. Drs M. Fernández-Ardèvo, D. Blanche Tarragό, A. Rosales Climent, M. Gomez Leon – CN&SC research group (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)
  6. Dr V. Gallistl – Department of Sociology (University of Vienna)
  7. Professor Ulla Kriebernegg – Age and Care Research Group (University of Graz, Austria)
  8. Dr Franziska Großschädl, Gerhilde Schüttengruber – Nursing Science and Age and Care Research Group (Medical University Graz, Austria)
  9. Dr Felix Reer & Professor Thorsten Quandt (University of Munster, Germany)
  10. Dr Rubal Kanozia – Department of Mass Communication and Media Studies, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, (India)
  11. Drs Halime Öztürk Çalıkoğlu, Hasan Arslan, Burcu Bilir – Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey)
  12. Dr Paula Alexandra Silva – CISUC | DEI (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

For more information email: Hannah.Marston@open.ac.uk

  • Ethics Approval: HREC/3551/MARSTON
  • Reimbursement: None

Communications & Press Releases:

Funding: this project is not externally funded.

Publications:

  1. Marston, H.R., Ivan, L., Fernández-Ardèvol, M., Rosales Climent, A., Gómez-León, M., Blanche, D., Earle, S., Ko, P.C., Colas, S., Bilir, B., Öztürk Çalıkoğl., Arslan, H., Kanozia, R., Kriebernegg, U.,  Großschädl, F., Reer, F., Quandt, T., Buttigieg, S.C., Alexandra Silva, P., Gallistl, V., & Rohner, R. (2020). COVID-19: Technology, Social Connections, Loneliness & Leisure Activities: An International Study Protocol. Front. Sociol; 5:574811. doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2020.574811

Social Media:

The online survey is now closed.

English Version of the Study:

flags Principle investigator & Lead: Dr Hannah R. Marston, Health and Wellbeing Strategic Research Area, The Open University. Hannah.Marston@open.ac.uk

We are pleased to announce this study has been rolled out across several countries

Romania: COVID-19: Tehnologie, Relații Sociale, Singurătate & Activități de Petrecere a Timpului Liber

Această cercetare este condusă, în Marea Britanie, de Dr. Hannah R. Marston & Dr. Sarah Earle, iar în România, colectarea datelor este condusă de Dr. Loredana Ivan, Facultatea de Comunicare și Relații Publice, SNSPA, București  (loredana.ivan@comunicare.ro)

ESPAÑOL: ESTUDIO SOBRE TECNOLOGÍA DIGITAL, CONEXIONES SOCIALES, SOLEDAD Y ACTIVIDADES DE OCIO

Esta investigación la desarrolla el grupo de investigación CNSC de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya  bajo la coordinación de la Dra. Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el proyecto de investigación puede contactar con ella por correo electrónico: cnsc@uoc.edu

CATALÀ: ESTUDI SOBRE TECNOLOGIA DIGITAL, CONNEXIONS SOCIALS, SOLITUD I ACTIVITATS D’OCI

Aquesta recerca la desenvolupa el grup de recerca CNSC de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya sota la coordinació de la Dra. Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol. Si teniu alguna pregunta sobre el projecte de recerca podeu contactar amb ella per correu electrònic: cnsc@uoc.edu

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Vous pouvez également contacter la coordinatrice nationale de l’étude à l’adresse mail suivante : etudecovid19.sophiecolas@gmail.com

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或是此研究的新加坡合作者 柯佩均博士(pcko@suss.edu.sg) 新跃社科大学 Singapore University of Social Sciences (可使用中文)

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Deutschland: Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an Dr. Felix Reer (felix.reer@uni-muenster.de), Universität Münster, Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft.

Österreich: Für weitere Informationen zur Befragung in Österreich wenden Sie sich bitte an Frau PD Dr. Franziska Großschädl (franziska.grossschaedl@medunigraz.at), Medizinische Universität Graz (https://www.medunigraz.at) und Age and Care Research Group Graz (http://ageandcare.uni-graz.at)

India (Hindi & English)

Assistant Professor Rubal Kanozia, Department of Mass Communications and Media Studies, Central University of Punjab, City Campus, India. rubal.kanozia@cup.edu.in

Malta

Malta Flag More For queries or questions please contact the Professor Sandra Butigieg, Head of the Department of Health Services Management, at the University of Malta: sandra.buttigieg@um.edu.mt

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Para qualquer dúvida ou questão, por favor contacte a Dra. Paula Alexandra Silva do Departamento de Engenharia Informática, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, da Universidade de Coimbra através do email paulasilva@dei.uc.pt

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Turkish Flag İletişim: Lütfen sorularınız için e-posta gönderiniz. Dr. Halime Öztürk Çalıkoğlu halimeozturk@comu.edu.tr Dr. Burcu Bilir burcubilir@comu.edu.tr