Using Mechanical Turk
as a subject recruitment tool for experimental research.
The importance of assessing clinical phenomena in Mechanical Turk
(2016): "Research in the Crowdsourcing Age, a Case Study: How Scholars, Companies and Workers Are Using Mechanical Turk
, a "Gig Economy" Platform, for Tasks Computers Can't Handle", PewInternet.org.
High-profile companies like Uber, TaskRabbit, or Amazon Mechanical Turk
only account for less than a million workers altogether, but credible estimates (Steinmetz, 2016) indicate that 131.5 million U.S.
There were various methods for participant recruitment: 1) Snowball and referral techniques via social media (i.e., Facebook, and Twitter); 2) Amazon's Mechanical Turk
; 3) Flyers handed out at bars/posted in community areas in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), New York, Stuttgart, Berlin, Barcelona, and Paris; and 4) Gay men and other MSM were also recruited in the Toronto area using Squirt.org.
ABBREVIATIONS AMT: Amazon Mechanical Turk
FSU: Florida State University STORM: Stormfront.org APPENDIX A
Gosling, "Amazon's mechanical Turk
: a new source of inexpensive, yet high-quality, data?" Perspectives on Psychological Science, vol.
workers toil at home, transcribing audio, typing in details of receipts, or inspecting YouTube videos for profanity.
Those with acceptable work were compensated US $0.75 through Mechanical Turk
. Of these participants, 84 identified their country of origin as India (95% Asian, 1% Caucasian, 1% Pacific Islander, 3% Other), 126 identified their country of origin as the United States (82% Caucasian, 9% African American, 6% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% Mixed Race, 1% Other), and the countries of origin for the remaining 25 were various other countries around the world.
"This online piecework, or 'crowdwork,' represents a radical shift in how we define employment itself." She tells the story of a young Indian entrepreneur and temp worker who organized a crew to manage digital tasks for Amazon Mechanical Turk
. Such subcontracting can violate agreements, and the companies often have clauses allowing them to close accounts and deny payments "for any reason." Researchers suggest that about one-third of all jobs in the United States could be so taskified before 2050.