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    Hi everyone,

    I'm a psychology student doing my thesis on relationships in MMORPGs and I'm looking for participants. Even if you have never been in an online relationship, anyone who plays or has played an MMORPG is invited to participate! The survey will only take about 15-20 minutes. Must be 18+ in order to participate.

    It's a topic that has barely been studied and more work needs to be done. Thanks in advance to everyone who takes a look and participates! Feel free to contact me for more information.

    https://smupsychology.qualtrics.com/...LMTfijysGyN7jn


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    -Patricia

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    Great survey!! I enjoyed taking it.
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    I have completed your survey, yet I am only 16. All of your data is corrupted! hahahaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerM View Post
    I have completed your survey, yet I am only 16. All of your data is corrupted! hahahaha.
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    I lived for 3 years with a girl I met in an MMORPG. It fell apart once we discovered we had interests outside MMORPGs.

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    I personally know two relationships that blossomed from WoW. My brother and his fiancee, and my brother's friend and his wife.

    I also know my brother's friend met her husband online, but I can't recall if she met him through WoW or if it was through some other internet medium.

    I've met quite a few people from WoW and I immensely enjoyed the experience. I definitely classify it as some of the best memories I've acquired in my adulthood. I, also, did meet and have a relationship with someone, but it ended because he was verbally abusive and dishonest.
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    Relationships started in MMOs or over the internet in general are risky.
    It's really easy to screw with people.

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    I met my fiancee on a cognitive psychology & debate forum. I actually felt a deeper connection by getting to know her online first before I got to meet her IRL. We were friends online for two years and e-dated for one before we took that next step. I can say that I've never been happier in a relationship and due to us meeting online we already know what makes the other tick. We've been together for three years now and I can say that we've only fought twice and those were, in her words, misunderstandings. We see couples that started IRL get into worse fights 10 times a week.
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    Thank you for the support everyone!

    I have a personal connection and interest in the research from my own experiences (past and current) over the last decade. There is no "perfect" formula for how a strong relationship should start. Situations can work out just as well, better, or much worse when they are started online.

    To me MMORPGs have been a neutral ground where you can meet people, without the pressure of everyone knowing that you are there for the singular purpose of finding a date (ex: meeting online on a dating site). We are all there for the mutual interest in gaming, and everything extra that happens is just part of our online social world. I believe that this more organic environment can be a fantastic start for people, and I want my research to show the efficacy of these relationships.

    Thank you to everyone who took time to respond, and I hope others will join in!

    -Patricia

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerM View Post
    Relationships started in MMOs or over the internet in general are risky.
    It's really easy to screw with people.
    You're right, it can be easy to screw with people, and the anonymity of the internet can be a powerful motivator for trolling. When you think about it though, can't the same thing happen in person? There are enough stories of people dating someone who seems great but then when they get married it becomes a violently abusive relationship, or spending a year with someone only to find out they have been cheating on you the entire time with several other partners. Masks exist online and offline.

    Sadly nothing in this world is for certain, and if people want to be cruel relationships can be screwed with. It takes trust to connect to people, and without someone taking that first step not much happens.

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