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Terminal Text Preinvestigation (Population)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Langenbucher, Wolfgang R. (Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft, Universität München)
  • Treinen, Heiner (Sektion für sozialwissenschaftliche Methodenlehre und Sozialstatistik, Universität Bochum)
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. (Institut für angewandte Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Communication, Public Opinion, Media
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Information society
    • Mass media
    • Information technology
  • Abstract

    Detailed determination of media usage, the search for information as well as information and leisure behavior of the respondent in the area of Duesseldorf and vicinity, scheduled for the test introduction of terminal text. Use of technical devices, extent to which informed about new media and information desires. Three surveys were conducted. Topics: 1. Oral survey of the target person: time length, type and frequency of media used; use of reference works, school books, non-fiction books, reference books, catalogs, telephone books and street maps; use of telephone information services of the Post Office such as e.g. time check, street condition report, weather forecast and telephone services; classification of the importance of sources of information in the area of favorable shopping opportunities, health questions, cooking recipes, vacation offerings and advice on money questions; use of classified advertisements in daily newspapers and free advertisers; occupational and private use of typewriter, telex, copier, calculator, dictating machine, radio-telephone equipment, car telephone, text processing machine, computers and telephone answering devices; retention of bills, bank account statements, newspapers and magazines; knowledge about the function of video recorders, video text, cable television and terminal text; degree of familiarity of the terminal text experiment; reading newspapers and carrying out private matters during working hours; political interest; decision behavior; course of the day and daily leisure time; vision problems; distance to place of work; size of circle of friends. 2. Written survey about equipment of household with items for information and entertainment: number, age and equipment of televisions available in household; possession of a telephone and possession of entertainment electronics equipment; planned acquisition of a color television; magazines regularly received; book possession; possession of bank accounts; detailed determination of type and frequency of contacts with banks, savings banks and insurance companies; contact with authorities; frequency of sending letters to companies and authorities; orders with mail-order firms; use of opportunities to order by telephone; amount of telephone bill; sending private telegrams; interest in possibilities for use of terminal text; preferred television time and possible times for use of terminal text. 3. Written survey of all members of household (including the target person who completed the first part of the survey): daily leisure time; assessment of the importance, frequency and quality of the information supply in all areas of daily life; satisfaction with general information supply and information needs; self-classification of abilities in dealing with catalogs, address books, telephone books, calculators, schedules and income tax return; personal, written and telephone contacts with friends and acquaintances; media usage; self-assessment of pioneer in consumer behavior. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education; occupational training; occupation; area of business of company; household income; household size; household composition; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; residential status; local residency; memberships. Interviewer rating: weekday of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-05 / 1979-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Duesseldorf (DE-NW-DUS)
    Duesseldorf and vicinity
Sampled Universe
German residential population in private households between the ages of 18 to 69 years.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire as well as written surveys.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 926
    Number of Variables: 593
Besides the population survey described here a survey of 132 self-employed was conducted; on this see ZA Study No. 1129. Further terminal text investigations are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1200, 1213 and 1214.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1128 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Langenbucher, Wolfgang R.: Individuum und Haushalt als Informationssucher: Chance für Bildschirmtext? In: Witte, Eberhard (Hrsg.): Telekommunikation für den Menschen: Individuelle und gesellschaftliche Wirkungen. Berlin: Springer-Verlag 1980, S.118 - 139.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 243 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Langenbucher, Wolfgang R.; Treinen, Heiner; Scheuch, Erwin K. (1979): Bildschirmtext-Voruntersuchung (Bevölkerung). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.