I don’t know if it is a common phenomenon or an isolated incident, but this research truly shocked me. To give you a bit of a background before I unfold the horror story, let me tell you about the research in question. I was tasked with conducting psychological research in pre and post natal developments. I sat for three days, painstakingly creating the surveys. I methodically went back and forth with my boss and mentor and developed what I could call my first ‘big girl’ survey. Until then, my only experience creating surveys would be feedback forms or basic questions I would post on Instagram on politics and opinions.
Once I created the survey, I had to send it out (obviously) and very enthusiastically, I sent it on the Shishu Puram Facebook group. I thought the answers would just come floating in. But when two days passed and I received no response, I decided to try another tactic- send the questionnaire via email. When that too didn’t work, I posted it again on the group and then multiple WhatsApp groups. I even went so far as to create a Facebook account, join five pregnancy groups on Facebook and even try to personally message people to take my survey! And the result? Well, since none of you can see the interpretations on the website or on a blog post, let me just say, I could call myself a misanthrope with no shame.
Perhaps I can console myself by saying that I was doing it on a smaller scale. It was my first experience trying to get people to take a survey. After a while, the enthusiasm with which I opened the forms melted away to reveal disappointment and remorse. I couldn’t understand why people wouldn’t take three to four minutes of their time to answer a person’s survey. If I had to give such a survey in college with my final project marks depending on it, I for sure, would have failed. And since in this study I had nothing, I bore my just fruits and came back empty handed but with an enriched experience.