Social Experiment Essay

1574 words - 7 pages

Sociology - SST2
Introduction
Does working overtime increase stress with people? With the ever evolving workforce our economy is shifting from a service/entertainment economy to a product economy. Employers are still looking for ways to get more profit with less people. The typical solution to that is to require overtime of their employees. This topic is significant to the social sciences because evaluates how a stressor, such as working overtime can impact a person’s daily social and family life. As our world is becoming more socially knit people are placing intrinsic value on domestic values such as friendship and family. Employers though are now requiring mandatory overtime as a ...view middle of the document...

The method of participant observation is not desired in this experiment as it implausible to conduct with a broad sample being used. Also participant observation struggles to display the cause and effect relationship as the survey and the experiment would. A survey is ideal for this experiment as it allows for questions to be addressed and effectively answered which illustrated a good cause and effect relationship within a sample analysis. The experiment is included in this research proposal to assist in validating the results. A survey will be offered to the control group (i.e. the people not working overtime). The experiment also allows for a organized flow of evidence/facts which will determine whether or not overtime causes chronic stress.
How do I measure this?
This research proposal will be analyzed via a survey. The survey will allow ease of access to for the research subjects and it also enables the most accurate depiction of results of the available methods for social science research. The survey would be posted on a public online website that would engage the enlisted demographic within the experiment. The site would have parameters listing before the survey to ensure that the desired age and family bracket is participating. The control group which is the people who work a regular forty hour week within the same age bracket would also participate. The independent variable would be the people working overtime while the dependent variable would be the level of stress the people are experiencing. The survey would be composed of a classic index. Which will entail four questions:
When at work I feel more irritable than inclusive? Yes No
While I am working I am restless? Yes No
When at work I feel down in the dumps? Yes No
When at work I experience marked lethargy? Yes No
Scores: Yes will count as one, no will count as zero. A score of three to four will considered as a high amount of stress while a score from 0 – 2 will be considered low.
The question do not divulge to more specific matter such as mentioning overtime with a statement to eliminate experimental bias. Molding the questions this way also ensures that the control group is not flawed and can answer the questions in good faith as they can relate to the survey questions. The experiment was included to provide an organized analysis of the measuring group and the control group and thus utilize the scientific method to achieve accurate results. With the experiment data from the survey would be collected to come to a deductive conclusion of whether overtime results in chronic stress which as of current would be observational assumption( hypothesis) which could be validated through the scientific method.
Social Science Analysis
Demographic –
A demographic of 22 – 40 was utilized to ensure a valid sample of a research subject. People under 22 are usually experiencing stress with college and young adulthood which could make them a risk for the research...

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