What Are The Disadvantages And Advantages To Using Computers ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Advantages:

    Using computers helps to alleviate time-consuming and monotonous tasks of cutting, pasting and retrieval of field notes and/or interview transcripts.

    Computers are a useful aid to those who have to work to tight deadlines.

    Programs can cope with both multiple codes and over-lapping codes which would be very difficult for the researcher to cope with without the aid of a computer.

    Some software can conduct multiple searches in which more than one code is searched much more quickly and efficiently than by the researcher.

    Programs can combine codes in complex searches.

    Programs can pick out instances of pre-defined categories which have been missed by the researcher during the initial analysis.

    Computers can be used to help the researcher overcome `analysis block'

    Disadvantages:

    In focus groups the group moves through a different sequence of events which is important in the analysis but which cannot be recognised by a computer.

    Programs cannot understand the meaning of text.

    Software can only support the intellectual processes of the researcher - they cannot be a substitute for these processes.

    Participants can change their opinions and contradict themselves during an interview.

    A computer will not recognise this.

    The software might be beyond an individual's budget.

    User-error can lead to undetected mistakes or misleading results.

    Using computers can lead to an over-emphasis on mechanical procedures.

    See here:

    http://www.e-articles.info/e/a/title/ADVANTAGES-AN...

    www.e-learningguru.com/articles/art1_9.htm

    All the best.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Using computers helps to alleviate time-consuming and monotonous tasks of cutting, pasting and retrieval of field notes and/or interview transcripts.

    Computers are a useful aid to those who have to work to tight deadlines.

    Programs can cope with both multiple codes and over-lapping codes which would be very difficult for the researcher to cope with without the aid of a computer.

    Some software can conduct multiple searches in which more than one code is searched much more quickly and efficiently than by the researcher.

    Programs can combine codes in complex searches.

    Programs can pick out instances of pre-defined categories which have been missed by the researcher during the initial analysis.

    Computers can be used to help the researcher overcome ‘analysis block’.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Can I write a book here or do I have

    to do it through a major publisher?

    People let their personal computers

    (is it something I said?) DO TOO MUCH

    for them.

    PC's are very good ways to store

    important personal information. And

    links, like the Favorites in the "crappy"

    Explorer browser. Nothing wrong with

    that browser, the newer browsers were

    probably a lot harder to develop than

    e.g., a way to convert, or disassemble

    audio files.

    If you are a WRITER, go ahead, I'm not

    here for the money. I would rather "spread

    the virus" than fight you over money.

    Ciao.

    ------------------------------------

  • 1 decade ago

    Advantages:

    Saves time (typing, researching, making art, etc.)

    Communicate with people all around the world.

    Gives people something to do.

    Disadvantages:

    Harms the environment (takes electricity, which in turn pollutes)

    Communication is less personal

    Not the healthiest way to spend time

    Distracting

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  • 1 decade ago

    Their great when they actually work and do what you want them to do, but when they break down, you're screwed.

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