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Letting the cat out of the bag: The impact of respondent multitasking on disclosure of socially undesirable information and answers to knowledge questions

Park, K. H., Aizpurúa, E. ORCID: 0000-0001-7045-5535, Heiden, E. O. and Losch, M. E. (2020). Letting the cat out of the bag: The impact of respondent multitasking on disclosure of socially undesirable information and answers to knowledge questions. Survey Methods: Insights from the Field, doi: 10.13094/SMIF-2020-00014

Abstract

Previous research shows that a high proportion of respondents engage in other activities while answering surveys. In this study, we examine the effect of multitasking in reporting sensitive information and socially undesirable behavior (e.g., substance use, mental health, gambling) along with reporting of knowledge/awareness of publicly funded programs. The dataset comes from a dual-frame random digit dial telephone survey of adults in a Midwestern state (N = 1,761) who were asked about their attitudes and behaviors toward gambling and health-related behaviors. The results of the study reveal that nearly half of the respondents engaged in multitasking activities (46.9%). In addition, it was found that multitaskers disclosed more socially undesirable information and reported lower levels of knowledge than non-multitaskers. The implications of these findings and how they fit in with previous work are discussed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © the authors 2020. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0)
Publisher Keywords: data quality, multitasking, social desirability, telephone surveys
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2020 09:36
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/25317
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