Online Seminar Talk

Original Time-Use Data Collection and the COVID-19 Pandemic

R. Gordon Rinderknecht
Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography, November 16, 2021

R. Gordon Rinderknecht from the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography overviewed the platform he and his colleagues developed for collecting time-use data.


Time-use data are valuable for understanding how daily activities and experiences associate with important outcomes, such as health and well-being. However, time-use research is limited by its reliance on secondary data, and leveraging the internet to collect such data requires implementing complex research designs beyond the capabilities of general-purpose survey platforms. In this talk, he overviews the platform he and his colleagues have developed for collecting time-use data, presents examples of knowledge gained from such data, and overviews its current usage in the Assessing the Social Consequences of COVID-19 (ASCC) study, which is a panel study of U.S. participants currently spanning the first year of the pandemic. More info about the ASCC project.


R. Gordon is a Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. His work focuses on social engagement, social isolation, time-use data, and online data collection.

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.