I was recently invited to participate in a study about blogging and online friendships, being conducted by a group at an American university. The invitation is open to any other women who blog, so I’ll post the provided blurb below, just in case any of you are interested. It involves completing an online survey, which they said would take 30-40 minutes. However, if you just tick the boxes on the survey, you can fly through it in much less time. Of course, being me, ticking wasn’t enough, so I probably spent a good half hour on it, at least. The lists of tickable options are fairly comprehensive, but I always seem to fit into a category a bit outside the box, so to speak. The first set of questions is mainly about your blogging habits, why you do it, etc. Then there’s a section comparing “real life” and online friendships. And no, the study isn’t biased against online friendships, or out to prove that they’re not “real”.
So, here’s the info. If you want to know more, just ask.
Dr. Cynthia Bane, a faculty member at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, is conducting a study to examine women’s weblogs and women’s online and “real life” same-sex friendships. The study consists of a survey that takes 30-40 minutes to complete. In addition, if you choose to participate, the researchers will examine entries from your weblog to analyze how frequently you post entries, how many comments you receive, and the topics you discuss in your weblog. All of your survey responses and the results of our content analysis of your weblog will be confidential. Even if you do not regularly post entries on your blog, the researchers welcome you to participate; they are interested in the opinions of a variety of bloggers. If you choose to participate, you will be entered in a drawing for one of five $20.00 Amazon.com gift certificates.
If you are interested in finding out more about the study, please direct your web browser to the link below: