I've always thought the community of users here on HawaiiThreads was interesting and smart enough to be worthy of scientific study. Turns out I was right!

A friend of mine at the UH Department of Sociology contacted me recently to ask if I might invite members of the HawaiiThreads message board to participate in a study of what people post on the web, and how that does (or doesn't) correspond to their personality, attitude, and ultimately, how they may or may not act in the "real world." They were specifically looking at venues like message boards, and HawaiiThreads was their first choice.

Participation is completely voluntary (of course!), individual responses will be kept confidential, and you can get the results when the study is completed. I'll be sure to update everyone here, as well.

And, because everyone knows time is money, the researchers are offering a $20 Amazon.com gift certificate to participants ($25 if you complete the survey by Wednesday). Note that the credit will be given via e-mail, so while I won't be giving them any of your information, you'll have to share your e-mail address to receive it.

The only requirements to participate are that (1.) you have made 100 or more posts on HawaiiThreads, and (2.) you are 18 years of age or older.

I'm going to send an email invitation to HawaiiThreads members with 100 or more posts within the next day. If you don't want to participate, please disregard the invitation. If you do want to participate but don't receive an email, let me know!

The working title and synopsis of the study is as follows:

Online Social Behaviors and Prediction of their Implications for the Physical World
This study is designed to examine how an individual's cultural attitudes and personality, as measured by this survey, compare to the content they write on the internet. It will therefore, compare your answers on the survey to your posts on HawaiiThreads.com, looking at the relationship between them. It uses well-known personality and culture scales from the social sciences, including Big-5, grid-group, and self-construal.
The study is being coordinated by Sun-Ki Chai, Associate Professor, University of Hawaii Department of Sociology. You can visit his web page for more information than you'd ever want to know about his research interests!

I just took the survey myself, and it took about eight minutes. And the questions are simple and maybe even fun. (Example? Agree or disagree, "The best way to provide for future generations is to preserve the customs and practices of our past.") I hope you'll participate, and help foster a better understanding of humanity for the betterment of all mankind. Or, you know, at least get a chance to go shopping at Amazon.com.