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Major Phaser
Posted - 2011.07.16 00:09:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Major Phaser on 16/07/2011 00:11:28
Edited by: Major Phaser on 16/07/2011 00:10:36
I am a student studying my honours year in Psychology. I am required to do a thesis as part of this study and I am seeking people to participate in a survey for my thesis.

Purpose of the study
The purpose of this study is to examine relationships and online game playing behaviours. It is being conducted as part of the requirements for my Bachelor Psychology degree at the Central Queensland University under the supervision of Dr Phillip Donaldson.

What is involved
Participants are asked to fill out an online questionnaire which will be accessed by following a link to the host site with Survey Monkey. The questionnaire asks for demographic information, descriptions of game playing behaviour and an indication of how strongly the participant agrees to a series of statements about game playing and relationships. This will take approximately 5 - 10 minutes.

I would be very grateful if you would take the time to follow this link and complete the Survey.

Link --> www.surveymonkey.com/s/K25QXTF

5nake pliskan
Caldari
Posted - 2011.07.16 00:12:00 - [2]
 

Originally by: Major Phaser
Edited by: Major Phaser on 16/07/2011 00:10:36
I am a student studying my honours year in Psychology. I am required to do a thesis as part of this study and I am seeking people to participate in a survey for my thesis.

Purpose of the study
The purpose of this study is to examine relationships and online game playing behaviours. It is being conducted as part of the requirements for my Bachelor Psychology degree at the Central Queensland University under the supervision of Dr Phillip Donaldson.

What is involved
Participants are asked to fill out an online questionnaire which will be accessed by following a link to the host site with Survey Monkey. The questionnaire asks for demographic information, descriptions of game playing behaviour and an indication of how strongly the participant agrees to a series of statements about game playing and relationships. This will take approximately 5 - 10 minutes.
I would be very grateful if you would take the time to follow this link and complete the Survey.

Link --> www.surveymonkey.com/s/K25QXTF


no offense but I just have to ask

do you play eve?


.

Franny
Mentis Seorsum
Posted - 2011.07.16 04:58:00 - [3]
 

stop asking if he plays, GRIEF THE SURVEY

we play EVE dammit, we know how to grief with the best of them

Jack Tronic
Posted - 2011.07.16 05:02:00 - [4]
 

Edited by: Jack Tronic on 16/07/2011 05:02:56
LOL Surveys, the most laughed at sort of science. Their sillyness is evident if you studied in a real major that involves math and statistics like applied math :P

Arch Osis
Posted - 2011.07.16 05:09:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Arch Osis on 16/07/2011 05:11:48
Edited by: Arch Osis on 16/07/2011 05:09:10
Man this is the wrong game to be doing surveys. All your going to get are people looking to grief you or stab you in the back somehow... because thats what this game is. Eve gamers are different than other gamers. You should start back at the top where the genre makes a huge difference. Your talking about mixing all gaming behaviors? That means you need to include other mmos , console games , sports games , adventure games etc...Have you ever herd of mud games? Theres many different types of games out there and they all have their uniqueness. Some online games dont even have communication features... Remember, some games are played more than others and this may skew your results.

Toovhon
Posted - 2011.07.16 07:02:00 - [6]
 

I'm not doing a poorly designed survey, e.g. "6. Do the people you live with play MMORPGs? Yes / No". I live alone, so where is the 'N/A' or 'I live alone' option?

Furb Killer
Gallente
Posted - 2011.07.16 07:20:00 - [7]
 

Wouldnt it be nice to at least announce you share the resuls here? (Not that I have a clue wtf this is doing in EVE general discussions).

Anyway didnt know they still called making surveys a study.

Miraqu
Caldari
Posted - 2011.07.16 07:33:00 - [8]
 

This counts as scientific at your university?

My professor would have ripped my head off (verbal violence only) and told me that I should have been:

1. less time partying
2. less time drinking
3. less time sleeping
4. more attending lectures
5. that I shouldn't have even bothered to take that excuse of a survey to her.



Steveir
Gallente
Hagukure
Posted - 2011.07.16 08:45:00 - [9]
 

Edited by: Steveir on 16/07/2011 09:26:46
Edited by: Steveir on 16/07/2011 09:22:35
Ok I'll bite :)
Have you actually played Eve? Or any MMO for that matter?
Your survey is fundamentally flawed, and there is no way that respondent can actually answer your questions in a meaningful way.
MMO gamers are not sad lonely gits who can't communicate, or establish trust or relationships. I have seen, and filled in, dozens of surveys of this nature. Please drop the premise, it won’t get you good marks (and I would fail you immediately).
Incidentally, I have been playing games since 1979, and MMOs since 2003, and extensively played Dark Age of Camelot, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Ring Online, Warhammer Online, and of course EVE. I also have an honours degree in Psychology from the Open University. So I feel that I have a tad of expertise in this area.
First off, EVE players are not your typical MMO player. The game is quite different to “typical” MMO games. Think comparing Chess players with Snakes and Ladder players.
So, let’s consider some worthwhile studies.
EVE players are well educated. It would be fairly easy to establish what “average” education has been generally achieved by a population (although MMOs cross many countries and education varies considerably by country).
EVE players are male. EVE, even by MMO standards, has a very low female player base. What is it that either attracts (or puts off) female gamers to EVE.
EVE has a real bunch of bastards. Most MMO game mechanism don’t allow “griefing”, EVE positively revels in scams, ganking, grooming and all sorts of negative behaviour that is just not found in other MMOs. I could write a doctorate on this.
Finally, in MMOs, when you log off, you cease to exist. The only thing that remains, is the memory of you, your actions, and what you achieve in the game, in other players. Quite clearly this parallels the human condition of a good life; in the end, possession are irreverent, all that is important is the lives that your have touched (and the memory that remains). Again, a massive area for investigations.
Finally, I am trying to help you here, please avoid rubbish like you have done; and I would suggest that you “model” (try out) your questions on friend first, and get their feedback on how they found answering your questions. Also avoid romantic relationship questions, most gamers are in relationships and not really looking for that in a game (although it does happen, and one player was very keen to explore S&M role playing with my wife’s toon Mistress Terrify).

Vyl Vit
Minmatar
Cambio Enterprises
Posted - 2011.07.16 08:48:00 - [10]
 

Statisticians use statistics much like a drunk uses a lamppost, more for propping themselves up than for illumination.


Dante Marcellus
Minmatar
Belligerent Underpayed Tactical Team
Posted - 2011.07.16 10:01:00 - [11]
 

I did your survey.

First, why do you want to know whether my birthday falls on an odd or even day?

Second, why did I feel like you were assuming I'd hold more importance to online friends, than I would real life friends?

Regardless, taken and submitted.

FC Tyler Durden
Posted - 2011.07.16 10:12:00 - [12]
 

The survey could've been better, but I have seen worse.

Originally by: Dante Marcellus
First, why do you want to know whether my birthday falls on an odd or even day?

For the randomisation. Of course, doing it this way means there will be slightly more people in one group than the other (more birthdays fall on an odd day because there are more odd days).


OP, I'd love to see some background on / support for the claim "the negative portrayal in the media about the impact of playing MMORPGs on relationships with family and friends." Is there such negative portrayal? Does it outweigh any positive portrayal? In which media and with which target audiences?

The Offerer
Minmatar
Posted - 2011.07.16 11:30:00 - [13]
 

Done. Good luck.

Major Phaser
Posted - 2011.07.17 01:18:00 - [14]
 

Thank you to everyone who has replied so far, keep it coming.

I see that a number of you are strong thinkers, you make some interesting points.

This survey is already being run across multiple MMOs for some of the reasons that you mention.

Thanks for your support.


Cerysse D'nari
Posted - 2011.07.17 01:26:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Major Phaser
I am a student studying my honours year in Psychology.

Funny, this usually ends with 'send me ISK and I'll send 2x the amount back' Rolling Eyes

Digital Messiah
Gallente
N7 Corporation
PandaMonium.
Posted - 2011.07.17 01:54:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: Cerysse D'nari
Originally by: Major Phaser
I am a student studying my honours year in Psychology.

Funny, this usually ends with 'send me ISK and I'll send 2x the amount back' Rolling Eyes

Jacob Stiller
Posted - 2011.07.17 02:20:00 - [17]
 

Originally by: survey
No risks are anticipated. However you should contact the researcher or consult your GP should you experience any psychological discomfort.


This survey is causing me psychological discomfort due to its ugly, nauseating lime-green background color.

Toovhon
Posted - 2011.07.17 06:16:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: Jacob Stiller
Originally by: survey
No risks are anticipated. However you should contact the researcher or consult your GP should you experience any psychological discomfort.


This survey is causing me psychological discomfort due to its ugly, nauseating lime-green background color.


Quick! Call lifeline for help! :-D

CCP Wrangler

Posted - 2011.07.18 15:12:00 - [19]
 

Glued for a bit.

Cashcow Golden Goose
Posted - 2011.07.18 15:26:00 - [20]
 

Quote:
Javascript is required for this site to function, please enable.


My control group is incompatible with your control group.

M4U53R
Gallente
The Aussie Connection Corp
Posted - 2011.07.18 15:30:00 - [21]
 

Originally by: Steveir
Edited by: Steveir on 16/07/2011 09:26:46
Edited by: Steveir on 16/07/2011 09:22:35
Ok I'll bite :)
Have you actually played Eve? Or any MMO for that matter?
Your survey is fundamentally flawed, and there is no way that respondent can actually answer your questions in a meaningful way.
MMO gamers are not sad lonely gits who can't communicate, or establish trust or relationships. I have seen, and filled in, dozens of surveys of this nature. Please drop the premise, it won’t get you good marks (and I would fail you immediately).
Incidentally, I have been playing games since 1979, and MMOs since 2003, and extensively played Dark Age of Camelot, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Ring Online, Warhammer Online, and of course EVE. I also have an honours degree in Psychology from the Open University. So I feel that I have a tad of expertise in this area.
First off, EVE players are not your typical MMO player. The game is quite different to “typical” MMO games. Think comparing Chess players with Snakes and Ladder players.
So, let’s consider some worthwhile studies.
EVE players are well educated. It would be fairly easy to establish what “average” education has been generally achieved by a population (although MMOs cross many countries and education varies considerably by country).
EVE players are male. EVE, even by MMO standards, has a very low female player base. What is it that either attracts (or puts off) female gamers to EVE.
EVE has a real bunch of bastards. Most MMO game mechanism don’t allow “griefing”, EVE positively revels in scams, ganking, grooming and all sorts of negative behaviour that is just not found in other MMOs. I could write a doctorate on this.
Finally, in MMOs, when you log off, you cease to exist. The only thing that remains, is the memory of you, your actions, and what you achieve in the game, in other players. Quite clearly this parallels the human condition of a good life; in the end, possession are irreverent, all that is important is the lives that your have touched (and the memory that remains). Again, a massive area for investigations.
Finally, I am trying to help you here, please avoid rubbish like you have done; and I would suggest that you “model” (try out) your questions on friend first, and get their feedback on how they found answering your questions. Also avoid romantic relationship questions, most gamers are in relationships and not really looking for that in a game (although it does happen, and one player was very keen to explore S&M role playing with my wife’s toon Mistress Terrify).



Good points.

@ OP Honestly, what kind of advisor do you have? Has he even looked at your survey? Granted it's undergraduate work, so it doesn't need to be especially original, but more properly fitted to the category your claiming to inquire about would definitely benefit you.

Also, nm do you play Eve - do you play MMOs at all?

And Eve should definitely be considered not the norm.

Gangotri XII
Posted - 2011.07.18 15:50:00 - [22]
 

i always thought that a masters thesis had to be somewhat original (i know its not a phd but still) this survey is a dime in a dozen and a bad one at that.

i could probably tell you most of the conclusions you are likely to make from this survey but then i wouldn't want to spoil the 5 min of work your gonna spend on this thesis for you

*making mental note* next time i choose a thesis subject i should pick something that takes 5 minutes, rather then something that actually takes effort, i could play more eve that way

Gorki Andropov
Kerensky Initiatives
Posted - 2011.07.18 16:13:00 - [23]
 

Originally by: CCP Wrangler
Glued for a bit.



Why?



and


What's in it for me?

SidneyB
Posted - 2011.07.18 16:58:00 - [24]
 

All right, let's do this !


LEEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOY JEEEEEEEENNKINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNS !

Flynn Fetladral
Royal Order of Security Specialists
Posted - 2011.07.18 17:00:00 - [25]
 

I see stuff like this posted in Jita local all the time, no you can't have my isk Razz good luck with your study non the less!

Felyza
Caldari
Posted - 2011.07.18 17:26:00 - [26]
 

Well, no mention of ISK trade, and the few times an mmorpg was named used WoW, so at least it appears to be a legit survey, which is uncommon.

Notes on the survey, with some thoughts behind it:
Definitely get the feel that its a psychological assessment of guild, clan, and corp member bonds versus real life people bonds. Too bad it, through specifically stating that they must be online only, severely limited my answer base. Most of my closest friends online have become friends offline as well. Including a handful that are a long distance away. For instance, a group of six players all scattered around the area of my hometown, which is over a thousand miles away, whom I've gone to meet a few times while visiting family. As I live in a popular vacation destination, I've had many many more online friends come and visit me here, and routinely see them during vacation months. Though I got the strong feeling that the survey is to assess friendship bonds with them online, because they are also friends offline, they are ruled out from the survey by the rules.

FC Tyler Durden
Posted - 2011.07.18 22:37:00 - [27]
 

Originally by: Felyza
Too bad it, through specifically stating that they must be online only, severely limited my answer base. Most of my closest friends online have become friends offline as well.


This is a problem with academic research like this - it tends to put people in boxes and the boxes often don't keep up with social developments.

Zleon Leigh
Posted - 2011.07.18 23:43:00 - [28]
 

Reported for trolling....

Jaigar
Mom 'n' Pop Ammo Shoppe
Transmission Lost
Posted - 2011.07.19 00:14:00 - [29]
 

To be honest, this survey is really bad. The questions are far too general, and answering on the basis of one of your friends, thats beyond subjective. I know some pretty disconnected people who think highly of themselves and their friends, but theres no way to seperate these people from the others. Like mentioned above, the responses are too boxed.

I know theres plenty of people who want to say, "Look, gamers aren't nerdy young guys who can't interact with women", but if you want to say that, do a more objective survey at least. Even the demographic data was light.

Angel Sinulf
Posted - 2011.07.19 00:33:00 - [30]
 

Originally by: 5nake pliskan
do you play eve?



His avatar is smiling, he can't possibly play...


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