Blogging into Retirement: Using Online Research Methods to Understand Leisure among Baby Boomers

Genoe, M. Rebecca; Liechty, Toni; Marston, Hannah R. and Sutherland, Victoria (2016). Blogging into Retirement: Using Online Research Methods to Understand Leisure among Baby Boomers. Journal of Leisure Research, 48(1) pp. 15–34.



Leisure scholars have argued that Internet research can be used to reach a broader audience, particularly as seniors use the Internet to have fun (e.g., playing games, sharing stories). In this paper, we explore the challenges and opportunities afforded by online qualitative data collection to study leisure among baby boomers who participated in a multi-author blog. We review insights gained regarding participants' positive and negative experiences with blogging as part of a research project, the process of negotiating the researchers' roles in terms of participating in and managing the blog, and strengths and limitations of the process in generating quality data (e.g., varying levels of engagement and reflection). Recommendations regarding online qualitative research with older adults are also discussed.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 47819
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 2159-6417
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Insight Development Grant430-2013-00124Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  • Keywords
  • aging; Internet; older adults; multi-author blog; qualitative research
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
  • Research Group
  • Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2016 The National Recreation and Park Association
  • Depositing User
  • Hannah Marston