When I publish this blog, I know it will be available for everyone to examine, evaluate or even just to just have a quick stalk over while facebook is loading. I wouldn’t dare post my deepest darkest secrets online because I know that anybody could stumble across the link and use the information anyway that they like. Publishing something online is the same as making a world wide announcement to everybody with access to the internet.
I do not think that it is ethically wrong to take information from the internet and use it in which ever way you may please. I’m sure many people have ended up reading others’ blogs as a source of information. Do you think this is unethical? Taking information online and using it for your research has the same principal, but in a more formal manner.
Although I do not think it is ethically wrong to use internet sources for your research, I question the reliability and validity of this source. Since the researcher would be getting the information from an unknown source, can they really trust getting their information from here? And is it really worth it?
There are a vast number of variables in most experiments, before even considering the variables that could come into play if the source was from the internet, from an unknown source and without knowing anything about the participant.
In conclusion, although I do not think it is unethical to take information from the internet, I do question how much we can trust the source.