Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I Received an Invitation to Participate in a Research Study on Blogging and Personality - Did You?

I received this letter in an email this morning. It intrigues me, and if I can determine that it is legitimate, I think it might be interesting to participate.

(An assessment of my personality may be helpful for me to understand why I do the things I do and react to situations the way I do!)

(I have omitted the names of the university and the researchers to protect the innocent. Just because I thought I should. Whatever)

This is an invitation to participate in an online research study being conducted by Mr. *** ******** under the supervision of Dr. ******** ***** at ************ University in *********.

The study investigates the relation between people's personality and the content and style of their writing, and has been approved by the ********** University Human Research Protection Office. The study consists of a single personality questionnaire assessing your personality and background, as well as information about your blog (if you have one). You can choose to participate in either a short or a long version of the study, so your participation can take as little as 10 minutes or as long as 30-40 minutes.

Your participation is entirely voluntary, and you may withdraw from the study at any point after you begin. We will not ask you to reveal any information that could potentially be used to identify you, with the optional exception of the address of your blog if you maintain one. While there are no material benefits to participation, you do have the option of receiving information about your personality scores at the end of the experiment.

This is a one-time solicitation, and you will NOT receive any further e-mail from us. We obtained your e-mail address from your blog strictly for one-time use, and we will not maintain any further record of your contact information.If you'd like to participate, our study can be accessed at:

If you have any questions about the study, please don't hesitate to e-mail ************at *********@*****.edu, and you'll receive a prompt reply.

If you're not interested in participating, just ignore this e-mail and you won't hear from us again.We thank you for your time and consideration.

***** ********

What do you think? Did you receive this letter? Would YOU be interested to know why you blog about the things you do?


Pancake said...

Would be interesting.... I didnt get one, but I also dont have my email posted. Would be interesting to see what your replies are!

susette said...

I didn't get that invitation. Looks very intriguing though to me. I don't know if I would have the patience to fill it out for 30-40 minutes. Good luck with that.

Lara said...

Yes, I got that. It does look intriguing, and I'm fairly certain it's legit. I get several things like this a week to review products on my blog, but I usually ignore them because that's not what my blog is about.

But this is a study that might be interesting...especially since they are giving us our results.

Erin said...

I got it too, and haven't decided whether I want to participate yet or not. Let us know what you do!

Grace said...

I didn't get one either but I would be cautious about it..just my gut feeling

Missy said...

I got the same email! I am not sure if it is legit, but will see after a few days! Someone will expose them as legit or a phony! LOL

Melissa said...

I so didn't get the letter. And I'm sure it's for one simple reason. It would only prove what we already know about me...
bat-crap crazy. Yep, no study needed to confirm that little fact.

Cynthia said...

I didn't get it either but it sounds interesting if it's legit.

I already know the answer to the question of 'why do you blog' as compared to my personality. I took the "Strengths Finder 2.0" test. One of my 5 strengths is being a WOO (winning others over) which means I like to constantly meet new people, make a connection, then meet someone else. I love hearing other people's stories and sharing mine- even if mine are boring.

Becky said...

I got one, too, but they caught me on a busy day, so I deleted it. Are you going to give us the run down after you participate?

LyndiLou said...

Sounds interesting one way or another! Let us know what you decide to do!

Kate said...

I didn't get it either and I probably wouldn't have filled it out because life is so hectic, but it does sound very interesting. Love your new background.

JustRandi said...

That does sound interesting!
Let us know if you do it and what the results are!