I had a bit of anxiety between when I proposed my study to when I finally pulled myself together to complete the requests of my ethics review board.
Now that I’m ready to collect data, I signed onto my Prolific researcher account and was about to publish my study. I noticed that the number of users matching my criteria is now only 151! Several months ago when I first assessed the viability of using Prolific, the estimated number of participants was over 500!
I’m now severely worried. While in theory, if all 151 cases are good (i.e., no one shows evidence of careless responding) I might still be able to carry out some basic preliminary stats analyses (as intended for my first study) but I’m still quite worried.
Could it be because of the nature of my sample? I.e., working individuals? Particularly those who work from a central location (i.e., not working remotely from home)? Or did some sort of purge take place on prolific that resulted in the deletion of hundreds (if not thousands) of accounts?
Would really like to hear from anyone with insight into this matter. I’m very nervous and scared now.
I just published my study about 15 minutse ago and there are currently NO submissions underway. This whole time, I imagined that the moment I published my study, participants would sign up for it immediately.
Sorry if I’m ranting/rambling; I’m just quite anxious because things are not turning out the way I had expected/assumed them to and now I’m quite worried.