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My Phd Topic, Your Opinions Please.

Posted by ghenwa_ac on 25 Points
My phd topic:

The internet and infidelity: How is social media affecting the issue of infidelity in Lebanon?

Your honest opinion please and thank you.
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  • Posted by Gary Bloomer on Accepted
    Without further knowledge of the audience or of the cultural issues inherent in the topic it's difficult to judge. However, what you write about is up to you. No one on this forum can tell you what to write. Only you can make the decision.
  • Posted by mgoodman on Accepted
    How would you research that topic? Are there public records of infidelity in Lebanon? How would you get at the matter? Is your hypothesis that ready availability of pornography (on the internet) leads to an increase in adultery? How would you confirm or refute that?
  • Posted by Jay Hamilton-Roth on Accepted
    If you can do the face-to-face research over time, then it may be an interesting project. If the only data is anecdotal, it's likely not to be very scholarly. And again, figure out if this project will take you one step closer to your professional/academic goals.
  • Posted by saul.dobney on Accepted
    Intimate matters like this are tough to research. How will you reach your audience? How sure can you be that they will respond honestly? How will you compare this to 'the past' to show change?

    For instance a counter-hypothesis might be that social media makes people more faithful because it makes social connections more open and transparent. How would you test if it has more or less effect? What measurements are you going to use, and what samples? Journalistic anecdotes are one thing, research is another.
  • Posted by telemoxie on Accepted
    Maybe it depends on how you define infidelity. do you mean sex outside marriage? Inappropriate online communications? visiting erotic sites?

    I doubt very seriously you will be able to get accurate information about sexual practices. And even if you could, the very act of measuring behavior will change behavior.

    Maybe you could ask people about their definition of infidelity and compare this to their participation in social media.

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