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Participants needed for psychology survey on video game use.

MScPsychMScPsych Registered User regular
edited January 2013 in Social Entropy++
Hello, thank you for taking an interest in this survey. I am currently a student at the University of Central Lancashire conducting a study looking at the relationships between game play habits, preferences and individual characteristics.

The study only involves completing a survey which should only take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please only complete this questionnaire if you play video games regularly (at least one hour per week).

All data is kept completely anonymous. If you would like more information and would like to complete the questionnaire visit

Thank you for your time.

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Edit: Survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated.

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    MScPsychMScPsych Registered User regular
    On an unofficial note, I just need to make clear that I am not trying to prove that video games cause people to be violent or whatever. I am a gamer myself, so that is not my intent.

    Please feel free to ask any questions however.

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    Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    Is this for a research project?

    Or when do you need this done by?

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    Cilla BlackCilla Black Priscilla!!! Registered User regular
    Only one hour a week is considered regular? Man. Maybe I play too many games.

    I'll take the survey though, for sure. I appreciate you asked mod permission first. No idea if it was necessary or not, but it seems a polite thing to do, so thank you!

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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    When I play video games I get violent. Why just the other day I was playing DOTA 2 and I wanted to kill my whole team.

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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    I quit getting mad at video games.

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    George Fornby GrillGeorge Fornby Grill ...Like Clockwork Registered User regular
    TheStig wrote: »
    When I play video games I get violent. Why just the other day I was playing DOTA 2 and I wanted to kill my whole team.

    see you're joking about this, but mobas are the only game to make me actually angry ever

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    I Win SwordfightsI Win Swordfights all the traits of greatness starlight at my feetRegistered User regular
    that got hella personal quick

    also i play like at least 40 hours a week i'd say

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    TheStigTheStig Registered User regular
    Yeah I don't play that garbage. They're engineered to piss people off, and even if I don't get mad at them I don't like dealing with whiney teammates.

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    Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    TheStig wrote: »
    Yeah I don't play that garbage. They're engineered to piss people off, and even if I don't get mad at them I don't like dealing with whiney teammates.

    They are a blast if you play with friends who also don't get mad at video games.

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    WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    That's an interesting survey

    I don't actually consider a game's level of violence in my preference for whether or not I want to play it, at least not consciously

    Now this has gotten me htinking about my own habits and why I like the htings I like

    THis introspection itches

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    MScPsychMScPsych Registered User regular
    edited December 2012
    Is this for a research project?

    Or when do you need this done by?

    Yes, this is for a research project. I am just going until I feel like I have collected enough responses, but I am hoping to have enough by mid January.
    Only one hour a week is considered regular? Man. Maybe I play too many games.

    I'll take the survey though, for sure. I appreciate you asked mod permission first. No idea if it was necessary or not, but it seems a polite thing to do, so thank you!

    Well, I am looking for a wide range of gamers. That was the minimum amount I felt like I could still count as regular.

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    RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    This dude was cool and got permission to post this, so I'd take it as a personal favor of you gave him the same respect he gave asking in the first place. Fill out the survey or don't, that's up to you, but don't shit up the thread.

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    The BetgirlThe Betgirl I'm Molly! Registered User regular
    Filled it out, hope it helps!

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    WybornWyborn GET EQUIPPED Registered User regular
    You're probably going to get a lot of wildly varying answers on this. It must be super interesting to watch patterns emerge in the data.

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    tuggatugga Makin' movies Makin' songsRegistered User regular
    Filled it out for you! :D

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    MScPsychMScPsych Registered User regular
    edited December 2012
    Wyborn wrote: »
    That's an interesting survey

    I don't actually consider a game's level of violence in my preference for whether or not I want to play it, at least not consciously

    Now this has gotten me htinking about my own habits and why I like the htings I like

    THis introspection itches

    I made a big mistake forgetting to include a 'no preference' option on the question you are referring to. It was too late to change before I realised it was a problem. I will make sure to talk about this in the write up though.
    Wyborn wrote: »
    You're probably going to get a lot of wildly varying answers on this. It must be super interesting to watch patterns emerge in the data.

    This is what I am hoping for. The wider range of people I get, the more reliable I can assume significant results are.

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    MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    So this survey reminds me of the time I bought Manhunt and after about an hour I started to realize that it had little to do with the gay bar scene.

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    Virgil_Leads_YouVirgil_Leads_You Proud Father House GardenerRegistered User regular
    edited December 2012
    I do have a question regarding the survey on page 7.
    Regarding "Please indicate to what extent each of the following items presently correspond to the reasons why you play video games:"

    I'm not sure what #17 is trying to convey.

    "17. Because it's the way I've chose to acquire abilities in other areas that are important to me."

    Is this item trying convey that the reasons why one might play video games is to gain skills in other aspects of real life?
    Or is it implying that one might play video games because of a design that allows you to focus on different chosen in-game abilities?

    Now that I've typed this question out, I'm thinking it's supposed to imply the former, but I dunno.

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    Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    Cool, I'll do this when I'm on a computer but I'd be more than happy to fill this out.

    Is this for like a social psych perspective or what?

    Or just random interest for a project? Like are you interested in going to continue this research topic if the current stuff bears fruitful?

    I'm curious cause I enjoyed my topic I did but really hated the work involved.

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    MScPsychMScPsych Registered User regular
    I do have a question regarding the survey on page 7.
    Regarding "Please indicate to what extent each of the following items presently correspond to the reasons why you play video games:"

    I'm not sure what #17 is trying to convey.

    "17. Because it's the way I've chose to acquire abilities in other areas that are important to me."

    Is this item trying convey that the reasons why one might play video games is to gain skills in other aspects of real life?
    Or is it implying that one might play video games because of a design that allows you to focus on different chosen in-game abilities?

    Now that I've typed this question out, I'm thinking it's supposed to imply the former, but I dunno.
    Yeah, the former.

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    Darth WaiterDarth Waiter Elrond Hubbard Mordor XenuRegistered User regular
    This dude was cool and got permission to post this, so I'd take it as a personal favor of you gave him the same respect he gave asking in the first place. Fill out the survey or don't, that's up to you, but don't shit up the thread.

    What happened to you, Rank? You used to be about the music, man! Now it's all forum-hookers and solid-gold-blow with you!

    Incidentally, I will be filling this out tonight as soon as I get done packing for the holiday weekend.

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    MScPsychMScPsych Registered User regular
    Cool, I'll do this when I'm on a computer but I'd be more than happy to fill this out.

    Is this for like a social psych perspective or what?

    Or just random interest for a project? Like are you interested in going to continue this research topic if the current stuff bears fruitful?

    I'm curious cause I enjoyed my topic I did but really hated the work involved.

    For a Masters project, you have to choose your own research question. So as I am a gamer myself, I thought video games would be a good area to look at. I guess it is good idea to have a researcher who is actually a gamer to look at video games.

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    MeldingMelding Registered User regular
    i have completed your survey.

    best of luck.

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    Cilla BlackCilla Black Priscilla!!! Registered User regular
    edited December 2012
    Seemed a lot of repeat or redundant questions in section 7

    I realize that this is sometimes used to get a sense of consistency from the survey participant but it tends to set me off balance and I'll end up answering differently anyway without intending to. Not really a criticism or anything, just thought I'd point it out.

    Also, yeah, there was definitely a question in there while could have use a n/a option.

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    Dead LegendDead Legend Registered User regular
    edited December 2012
    Cool, good luck with that @MScPsych

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    MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    Needs more genders.

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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    Okay I finished it. got distracted by a phone call.

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    UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    Comment on part 4
    "Please mark below how violent you prefer the content and graphics in the video games you play to be"

    The survey probably could use an option that says "I do not consider the level of violence when selecting a video game" or "Level of violence is not important when selecting a video game" because honestly it's not a characteristic I consider when making a game purchase

    Alternately, having an additional question or questions about what level of importance people give violence, like maybe when ranking selection options from a list

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    Survey completed, good luck with your paper.

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    SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    Survey finished. You're going to get a hell of a spread on this.

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    MScPsychMScPsych Registered User regular
    Usagi wrote: »
    Comment on part 4
    "Please mark below how violent you prefer the content and graphics in the video games you play to be"

    The survey probably could use an option that says "I do not consider the level of violence when selecting a video game" or "Level of violence is not important when selecting a video game" because honestly it's not a characteristic I consider when making a game purchase

    Alternately, having an additional question or questions about what level of importance people give violence, like maybe when ranking selection options from a list
    Yeah, I've already commented on this. Not having a no preference option was a big mistake. Too late to change it now though.

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    SnicketysnickSnicketysnick The Greatest Hype Man in WesterosRegistered User regular
    Filled it in for you, will be interested to see what results you come up with!

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    MScPsychMScPsych Registered User regular
    Filled it in for you, will be interested to see what results you come up with!

    Thanks. If anyone wants me to message them the results when I have them, just leave me a message. It will be few months before I have the results analysed though.

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    MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    MScPsych wrote: »
    Filled it in for you, will be interested to see what results you come up with!

    Thanks. If anyone wants me to message them the results when I have them, just leave me a message. It will be few months before I have the results analysed though.

    I'd like to see them, too.

    Is there any reason you can't post the results here in the thread?

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    MScPsychMScPsych Registered User regular
    MScPsych wrote: »
    Filled it in for you, will be interested to see what results you come up with!

    Thanks. If anyone wants me to message them the results when I have them, just leave me a message. It will be few months before I have the results analysed though.

    I'd like to see them, too.

    Is there any reason you can't post the results here in the thread?

    Guess I could. Just wasn't sure if it lets everyone know when the thread has been updated.

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    SeriouslySeriously Registered User regular
    edited December 2012
    it won't send us a notification but if we have the thread bookmarked we can pretty easily keep track of the last time someone posted in it


    not every one uses that functionality though

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    LuianeLuiane Registered User regular
    Filled up the survey, agree that I had not reflected much about the violence level in games and that a n/a option could have been good. Sounds like an interesting research to me! Best of luck.

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    FishmanFishman Put your goddamned hand in the goddamned Box of Pain. Registered User regular
    I was filling this out with respect to video games and everything was peachy until I remembered I'm also a hard-tackling midfield enforcer who has something of a reputation in my football team.

    In conclusion, videogames don't have nearly the same effect on me as sport, but it's socially acceptable to be 'a different person' when everything is left on the field.

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    VALVEjunkieVALVEjunkie Registered User regular
    filled it out! hope you get some interesting data out of this duder!

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    101101 Registered User regular
    Completed the survey.
    I found it surprisingly difficult to estimate my hours per week, both for now and one year ago. I play a lot but the actual amount tends to jump around a fair bit

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