There’s an addiction to survey research. By this I mean that those who ask questions (survey researchers), as well as those who rely on and promote survey research (almost everyone else), acknowledge and demonstrate the numerous and severe weaknesses of survey research–nevertheless they continue to ask, rely on, and promote survey research! Think about it! Survey researchers and their devotees know the errors of their way but continue to do what they know they shouldn’t–they’re addicted!
The addiction to asking and answers was (as far as I know) first mentioned in 1968 [Charles Cannell and Robert Kahn, “Interviewing”, in Gardner Lindzey and Elliot Aronson, eds., Handbook of Social Psychology, 2ed ed. (Addison-Wesley, 1968), p. 589].
I discuss the extensive acknowledgement and documentation of the fatal flaws of survey research, and the wide-spread addiction to survey research, in Chapters 5 and 11, respectively, of The Problem with Survey Research.
I also comment on the addiction to survey research in my blog posts: “Addiction To Polls“, and “Interviewer Lynn Barber Is Addicted to Interviewing“.