Click here to take a 20 minute survey on avatars and gender being conducted by Jon-Paul Cacioli, a Lecturer of Psychology at Charles Darwin University in Australia, along with research assistant Amalia Badawi, who plan to share the results from their research with New World Notes and the public at large. Ms. Badawi has this to say on the importance of the project:
"Many people are using avatars more and more, such as in Second Life which, unlike MMORPGs, there is more freedom in choosing who your avatar is and what it represents, whether it is you, and ideal or some character you have always wanted to role play. This study will explore whether your personality factors may influence why you may choose to be (or not to be!) and avatar of the opposite gender. Maybe it is because you are open to trying new experiences, or maybe it is because you identify more with the stereotyped gender roles that are still lingering in our society...
"Hopefully by taking part in this study you may better understand the choices you make in choosing your avatar. We are aiming to publish the results of the study a peer reviewed psychology journal to better inform our understanding of the concept of the avatar. We hope that you will take part!"
I hope so too.
And if you do participate, please share any feedback you have on the survey in Comments, so they and other academics can take it into consideration for future research.Tweet