ILoveTTATT2: I am interested in doing this as best as possible.
If you're really serious, then you need to reconsider your approach and your starting assumptions.
Here's what's getting you off:
ILoveTTATT2: I think this would be an interesting stat that has never been done before. I am certain that the results will be that the internet significantly reduces time in for everyone.
A graph of "time in" vs year would be very insightful. I am sure that
there will be more "lifers" in previous generations, and much less now.
Instead of starting with a question (hypothesis), you began with an assumption stated in terms that show you've already reached your conclusion before you even began your research. As a result, you are only finding results that confirm what you already believe.
This is not how science works.
- "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool." - Richard P. Feynman
Try framing your hypothesis as a question. Maybe something like this:
- Does increased access to the internet significantly reduce the length of time it takes for a baptized JW to leave the religion?
- What kind of data would I need to collect to support this hypothesis or disprove it? (Note: In science, we can never prove anything with absolute certainty.)
- Where and how can I collect this? What amount will be sufficient?
As SailAway astutely observed: "Your survey doesn't question whether the Internet was a key factor in
leaving the organization earlier or if it was a factor at all." If you really want to know if the internet was a factor, you should have asked that in your survey. But you'd also have to realize that the answers to this question would inherently be skewed because everyone answering it is on the internet responding to your survey!
Ponder these questions and concerns and see if they help clarify and focus your research.
Also, you should really wade through that old thread on this topic by Cedars which I referenced previously (see page 9 of this thread). You'll learn a lot by reading the back and forth between him, slimboyfat, Sir82 and 00DAD.
Don't forget to read Paul Grundy's research also.