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Constructed, experimental environments have often been used within research of computer-mediated communication, and have been strongly criticized e. Chat rooms for loners messages aiming to get informed consent from each new individual who logged on would not only have taken up so much of the limited space that it completely destroyed the situation I wanted to study, but the users would probably also get so annoyed with the disturbance that they left the chat room.

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As for other media, we have been forced to choose between either reaching many individuals mass mediaor having a personal relationship letters and telephonewhile on the Internet, we can have both. Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Renderings of data should therefore only be done after strict considerations of whether individuals could be identified, both chat rooms for loners their on- and offline roles, and in that case, if the information that is left out could harm the person in question.

Hide on IMVU? Working inductively, I would rather describe as the absense of any hypotheses that is to be tested, or any grand theory that is directing the work from the very first beginning, but instead that empirical studies precede and lead to the formulation of such hypotheses. There are often many users in the chat rooms, and they enter and disappear in a very fast pace.

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The informants were also informed about the requirement of confidentiality and of autonomy, i. Dubrovsky, Vitaly J. In connection to my entrance, I posted a paragraph presenting myself, and stating what my purpose of research was, just to find that almost no one reacted. Shotton, Margaret A. Cultures chat rooms for loners Internet. My attitude towards this has been that the fact that users are in the chat room cannot be seen as delicate information, and I have therefore chose to keep the users real online nicknames as example of what type of nicknames people chose.

This of course evokes new questions of research ethics. Doing ethnographic research in Internet environments clearly evokes new questions of research ethics, but it may also alter the way we look upon old guidelines. Hannerz, R. Virtual Culture. With this paper, I hope to open up a discussion of issues of informed consent in Internet environments. This should also be seen as a way of preserving authenticity of data. Karlsson, Anna-Malin. Smalltalkers on the Net.

This photo album will be submitted to IMVU customer service for review. Some times, the urban ur environments impose difficulties for chat rooms for loners and getting to know other individuals. One does not know a whether anyone will the research chat room, b who will come and for what reason, or c whether these persons really behave as they normally would.

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Eight of the informants took this opportunity, and out of them, only one wanted to delete certain parts of the interview. Honours Thesis. In Michael Benedikt Ed.

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Hence, the interaction that occurs in the public room is open and visible to just anyone, and participants are aware of this. The consciousness becomes shared tooms communicating, through sharing a language and understanding its codes and messages.

Sudweeks, M. Consequently, hidden observations are argued to catch the environment as it normally looks like better than observations where the participants know that they are observed Patton, Bechar-Israeli, Haya. Even though the Internet has chxt properties in common with these earlier communication tools, it has also certain characteristics that cannot be found in earlier media.

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The deleted parts consisted of a few utterances that the informant allowed me to use for my analysis, but not to quote within the text. Tags: Single, Hipster, Emo, Whatever. Paccagnella Luciano. In some of the occasions, they knew that I was there, gathering data, while not in others.

Neither did I have any theoretical points of departurebut rather assembled and read through theories along the way. Computer Addiction? Building Personal Relationships over Computer Networks. Wildermuth, Susan M. By their chat rooms for loners in the online environment, they come olners share values, ideas and perspectives. Lee, Judith Y. This is especially true in small chat rooms with many regulars, i. Ord och Stil 28, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Telephone chat lines thus had many similarities with web chat interaction, except for the obvious difference that chat occurs through computers and through written instead of spoken language. Human Communication Research. For ethical reasons, I have chosen to not reveal its name, but will in the following text fro to it as the Cloudberry chat. London: Routledge. In this thesis, I have assumed an inductive approach, meaning that patterns, themes and are allowed to emerge from data, rather than from preconceived questions and hypotheses.