70% of people surveyed said they’d download a coronavirus app. Only 44% did. Why the gap?

Simon J Dennis, Amy Perfors, Daniel R. Little, Joshua White, Lewis Mitchell, N Geard, Paul M Garrett, Stephan Lewandowsky

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Abstract

In late March, we posed a hypothetical scenario to a sample of Australians, asking if they would download a contact tracing app released by the federal government; 70% responded in favour.

But a more recent survey, following the release of COVIDSafe, revealed only 44% of respondents had downloaded it.

The Australian government’s COVIDSafe app aims to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and let us all return to normal life. But this promise depends on how many Australians download and use the app. The minimum required uptake has been variously estimated at 40-60% of the population.

Our ongoing research, led by the Complex Human Data Hub of the University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences, surveyed the Australian public to understand their opinions and use of the COVIDSafe app, and other possible government tracking technologies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Conversation Trust (UK) Limited
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Structured keywords

  • Cognitive Science
  • Memory

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    Dennis, S. J. (Author), Perfors, A. (Author), Little, D. R. (Author), White, J. (Author), Mitchell, L. (Author), Geard, N. (Author), Garrett, P. M. (Author), & Lewandowsky, S. (Author). (2020). 70% of people surveyed said they’d download a coronavirus app. Only 44% did. Why the gap?. Web publication/site, The Conversation Trust (UK) Limited. https://theconversation.com/70-of-people-surveyed-said-theyd-download-a-coronavirus-app-only-44-did-why-the-gap-138427