Alexander Wenz, Annette Jäckle, Mick P. Couper
Willingness to use mobile technologies for data collection in a probability household panel

Understanding Society Working Paper
37 S.
Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

We asked members of the Understanding Society Innovation Panel about their willingness to participate in various data collection tasks on their mobile devices. We find that willingness varies considerably depending on the type of activity involved: respondents are less willing to participate in tasks that involve downloading and installing an app, or where data are collected passively. Willingness also varies between smartphones and tablets, and between respondents: respondents who report higher concerns about the security of data collected with mobile technologies and those who use their devices less intensively are less willing to participate in any of the mobile data collection tasks.