Hi All, I realise people get frustrated by psychology students trying to recruit participants for studies, and I apologise for probably ‘just being another one’. However, I’m currently in my third year at university, and I need help for my dissertation. Basically I’m looking to interview individuals for around 45mins-60mins over Skype (which will be recorded so it can be later transcribed) about your experience of using Second Life or another similar program (WoW, IMVU, that sort of thing). I want to use people who have formed relationships online and come back to the program regularly (this isn’t part of the study, but I want to ensure that I’m interviewing people who legitimately have knowledge and experience of Second Life and/or other virtual reality programs). I really want to specify as well that it’s not a study aimed at showing the negative side of these programs. In all honesty I want to talk about how people are using the program and their ability to form relationships/identities in this way, and how it differs from meeting someone in the street (etc). Unfortunately, I can’t offer you any money or anything for your time. If I’m honest, I don’t know a lot about how it feels to play such games, although I have tried myself. My interest more stems from the psychological theory of identity and relationships, and I want to see how this is (or is not) effected by communicating online in these ways. Questions which I’m planning to ask will be sent to you before the interview takes place, and you’ll be able to change/omit/amend questions as you wish before hand so you won’t be asked anything you don’t want to talk about. Of course if you’re interested you’ll be sent the interview schedule, and also sent consent forms, information sheets, and a debrief after the interview has taken place. If you’d like any more information please contact SLresearchLauren@gmail.com. Any questions or interest (etc) please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m really hoping to hear from you if you think it’s something you might be interested in, but emailing me doesn’t in any way mean you have to do it, it just means I’ll be able to provide you with more information about what I’m doing. I hope you don't still believe I’m just another one of those looking for participants, I really believe in this topic, and would be absolutely thrilled if anyone who reads this contacts me. But if it’s not for you, thanks for reading- and have a nice day! Lauren.