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For better or worse, social media definitely helps with recruitment

The good and evil aspects of Facebook are frequently debated, but the social media platform has been a clear boon for researchers — offering a cheap way of getting recruitment forms in front of 15 million Australians.

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Or so you’d expect.

Writing in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Australian researchers describe the issues they encountered recruiting subjects for a study on how parents balanced the demands of work and family.

The theory is sound. Not only is social media a widespread and cheap way of spreading the word, but mail-outs and