Why Video Updates?
Ever wonder how you change over time? Ever wonder what you were thinking 5 years ago? 10 years ago? I think about it all the time! I marvel at how much my friends have changed over the last 5 years. Being the archivist that I am, I have been frustrated that I can't capture these changes with pictures. In light of this I have decided to conduct a very informal "longitudinal study."
What is a longitudinal study?
As I learned in Psychology 202, the best way to investigate stability and change in personality is through a longitudinal study (a research strategy in which the same individuals are retested after a period of years). In the past these tests have assessed the personality development of individuals. Longitudinal studies suggest that both stability and change can characterize personality. Studies also suggest that for many individuals there is some underlying coherence. The reason why I call this an informal longitudinal study is because I am not covering all the areas of personalities. That could take several days per interview!
What does this mean for you?
Every 3 to 5 years I would like to interview you for a few minutes. I will ask you some questions about life; your past, your current priorities, and your predictions, goals and visions for your future. In the next 20 - 30 years I will compile all the videos and pictures I have taken over the years and give them as a gift to you. You can do with it what you will. Preview it alone, show it to your family and friends, or do nothing at all! The videos won't be published or compiled with anyone else's videos (unless I have your permission). If you do not want to participate just let me know - but I definitely think it will be worth your while.
Here are the current questions!
Describe a typical day in your current life.
What is the the item on your bucket list or thing you want to make sure you do before you die?
What are your thoughts on being married? Kids?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
Any fears about the future (personal or societal)
Is there anything that you are nervous or tentative about?
When are you the happiest?
What do you think about most? Why?
What would your perfect day look like (no constraints)
What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
Do you have any hobbies? What hobbies do you think you'll do someday?
Is there any message that you’d like to leave for your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, or for future generations yet to come?