There’s no real benefit to you except that it gives us an idea about ways that this technology can shape our education, commerce, activism and creativity, etc. There won’t be any way to identify you from the survey. I won’t ask for avatar names and your IP will not be recorded. It’s completely confidential. I am including a copy of the Informed Consent document that will give you additional details about the study and where you can forward any questions that you may have. Though I can’t offer any compensation for your participation, I will be hosting a party/concert in January to thank the community for the support you’ve all shown. Please consider following the link below the Informed Consent information and helping me to collect some important information! Let me know if I can answer any questions! And THANK YOU!!”
INFORMED CONSENT FORM - SURVEY
You are invited to participate in a research project being conducted by Amy E. Cross, a PhD Candidate in an Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Maine. The faculty sponsor of this project is Dr. Kristina Nielson of the University of Maine. The purpose of the research is to determine the effect of the avatar in multiuser environments on offline identities. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate.
What Will You Be Asked to Do? If you decide to participate, you will complete a brief survey about your experiences in Second Life and your relationship with the avatar. It is estimated that the survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Risks Except for your time and inconvenience, there are no risks to you from participating in this study.
Benefits While there are no direct benefits to you, this research may help us learn more about how the avatar shapes our offline identities and personalities.