that's alright...it's been drilled into me for the last 2 months about how sensitive and careful I have to be since I am dealing with people's personal lives...this topic is completely new territory for me, so pretty interesting to see different views
Originally Posted by hyperskeptic
So, this is sort of a pilot study? Given that, and given that you're just doing this for a course, I guess there isn't much of an issue here. You were up-front that this was for a research project, though you might have also said more up front about what you plan to do with the data, etc.
(I teach ethics for a living, and I've done some research involving human subjects, so I tend to be annoyingly picky about these things.)