Gay and bisexual men are a minority group identified as early adopters of new technology .
Given the popularity of apps and websites for dating and partner-seeking [4,7], and high rates of online pornography consumption , being online has become an integral part of the experience of being a gay or bisexual man in the United States  and other developed countries [10,11].
Given the paucity of research on how to recruit older gay and bisexual men in general, and older gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer in particular, we conducted an observational study to identify participant preferences when participating in research studies.
To test online versus offline recruitment demographic data collection, and interview preferences of older gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer.
Older gay and bisexual men, when given choices, appear to prefer a mixed methods approach to qualitative investigations.
For most aspects of the study, the older men chose online methods; the exception was the interview, in which case almost all preferred telephone.
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Older populations represent the cohort least likely to be online, necessitating the use of traditional research methods, such as telephone or in-person interviews.
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Email blasts were sent from a website providing support services for gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer, supplemented with an email invitation from the web-host.
All invitations provided information via the study website address and a toll-free telephone number.Study tasks included respondents being screened, giving informed consent, completing a short survey collecting demographic data, and a 60-75 minute telephone or Internet chat interview.