Limitations of Descriptive Research
- Confidentiality: Confidentiality is a big limitation of descriptive Research subjects that researchers question may not always be truthful and instead will give Answers that they feel that researcher wants to hear. In interviews, participants may also refuse to answer any questions that they feel are too personal or difficult.
- Carries observer`s paradox: Descriptive Research also carries with it an observer`s paradox, if participants know that someone is observing them, they may change the way that they act. Subjectivity and error also play a disadvantageous role in descriptive research.
- Errors: Questions presented by a Researcher are predetermined and prescriptive, while studies can contain errors. A researcher may choose what information to use and ignore data that does not conform to their hypothesis.
- Requires More Skills: Descriptive Research Requires more skills and the response rate of this research is very low.
- Unreliable : In Descriptive Research, there are no variables manipulated, there is no way to statistically analyse the result. Many scientists regard this type of study as very unreliable and ‘unscientific’. In addition, the results of observational studies are not repeatable, and so there can be no replication of the experiment and reviewing of the Results.