No satisficing in snooping survey on MTurk

Do people read stuff on other people’s phones? Yep. That’s the result of a study available here that was presented as a privacy conference. But that’s not the interesting thing (OK it is a little interesting). But this is the interesting part: the researchers wanted to make sure that people weren’t ‘satisficing’ (ie zipping through a survey) and included attention checks. They compared results of a survey WITH attention checks to a survey without–conducted on MTurk.

The authors write: ” Thus, the attention checks we had created seemed to elicit enoughattention from participants as to prevent degrees of satisficing thatwould jeopardize the validity of diference-in-means estimates. The feedback form that we included in the task provided some anecdotal indication that they generated goodwill among workers. As an example, participant 208 (low reputation group, Treatment-0 questionnaire version) commented: “That was a funny attention check. I wish I could have answered as having done that.” The check? What is one’s level of agreement to this quesiton: “In the past 12 months, I’ve been to space, aboard an interplanetary vessel that I built myself.”

Citation: Marques, Diogo, Ildar Muslukhov, Tiago Guerreiro, Luís Carriço, and Konstantin Beznosov. “Snooping on Mobile Phones: Prevalence and Trends.” In Twelfth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2016). 2016.

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