Stories of Tech — Interviews

Interview Questions

Each interview takes approximately one hour, though participants vary and are encouraged to answer only what they wish.

While I encourage all interviewees to speak to what comes to mind or what they would like to be used for the project, I use a standard list of questions to start the conversation and inspire thought.  Standard questions are also important to achieving a cohesive narrative as well as good practice in comparative ethnography.

Technology is defined in this project as any machinery or equipment developed by the application of scientific knowledge, and includes the car, television, radio, space travel, computers, etc.

  1. What is your full name?
  2. What is your current address (so I can send you a Thank You letter)?
  3. When were you born?
  4. Where were you born? At home?
  5. Where have you lived?
  6. Are you in school?  College?  Working?
  7. Do you have tech / internet at home?  School?
  8. Do you own a computer or smartphone?  At what age(s) did you receive them?
  9. How / for what do you use your tech?
  10. What do you hear from your elders (Millennials and older) about tech?
  11. How has technology changed in your lifetime?
  12. How do you think technology is affecting your life now?
  13. How do you think your life will change because of tech in the years / decades to come?
  14. Anything else you wish people would know?

Interview Release

You are taking part in a research project about the experience of the Generation Z, what it is like to grow up with tech, and how you view technology as a whole.  This interview will be conducted orally via thirteen questions.

The recording of your interview, photograph(s), and video of you will be archived for use in this project.  Each story will parsed down into a couple summarizing paragraphs with some use of audio quotation.  I am happy to provide you with any materials I collect today.

This project collects personal identifying information about you.  I am bound to respect your wishes to have your identity acknowledged or kept confidential.

By participating in this project, some aspects of your life may be published online and in the book.

The benefit of participating in this project is two fold:  a) your history is recorded for future generations and your family  b)  your perspective of the unfolding technology and how it affects our culture will have a wide impact.

You may opt out of the project at any time, and request any materials about you be destroyed.

You may choose not to answer any question I ask, and also may elaborate on any topic you feel relevant.

You will be asked for your address during the interview.  Your address will be used ONLY for follow-up from me.  You will be mailed information about the project, how to reach me, and what of your interview has been used.

You will be left with my information so you can contact me if need be.