Participant's Perceptions About the Use essay

Download this essay in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from essay:

While 78.8% of the participants were unmarried, not dating, is further reflective in the data output, and this may be one of the revealing factors of some of the conflicting data in the study. To what extent this impacts the study might be reflected in the variances, especially that the data would suggest that the participants are relying less on other sources around which to build their perceptions, and more on their own experiences.

One of the surprising facts to come out of the study conducted here is the variance in the social norm and beliefs-based responses from the participants. It might be suspected that the degree of safety involved with the use of the Internet in initiating a relationship might impact to a noticeable degree the participant's perceptions and attitudes in the social norms and beliefs data yield. Either Internet safety was not an issue for the participant s, or their own experiences and that of their families and friends were not negatively impacted in such a way as to be concerned with the rate of incidence that might encountered by people who use the Internet as a mask for their true identity; that is, they're trying on different personalities, or perhaps even concealing a predatory personality. It would indicate too that the news sources and other ads that focus on the use of the Internet, and especially those that might promote the Internet as a forum for initiating online relationships, does not concern itself with the issue of safety either. That the initial meetings are not face-to-face seems to serve as a safety net for users, eliminates the safety concern, which might now be more prevalent in the more conventional one-on-one relationship building processes. People are seemingly relying much more on their personal instincts, the sense of the other person online, than they are in a face-to-face meeting with someone. Here, again, is another facet of the data yield which warrants further study and investigation.

If the study has a limitation, it is because it was administered in a web-based questionnaire mode that eliminated the assurance that the participant was the person who actually participated in the study. At the same time, the web-based questionnaire - like the social relationships being discussed - afforded the participant the privacy, the anonymity, and the sense of security with which to be open and honest about the responses, and should therefore reflect a data set that is a sound and true reflection of the participant's perceptions and experiences.

Nor does the study provide insight as to how often relationships that begin on the Internet are migrated to relationships of face-to-face, one-on-one contacts, or the number of relationships that never migrate to that point. However, the study does reflect that 73% of the participants in the study conducted here believe that they need the Internet as a tool in meeting a romantic partner, and that 75% of the participants plan to use the Internet at some point in seeking a romantic relationship. This, again, substantiates and supports recent studies cited here that the Internet has become a social norm in the mind and practices of users as both a commonly used and commonly acceptable mode for initiating and maintaining a romantic relationship.


The methods employed in the study are sound and above reproach. The tables built around the data yield are cumbersome and could perhaps have been better constructed, or could have broken down the information into separate tables that would facilitate the user's understanding of them in a much better way, and made the information more visually traceable. While the formulae used are proven and do not impact the data yield, the references used to relate to the tables might prove cumbersome for someone who did not create them. Since the study is intended for use by a broad range of users, it would perhaps be better to present the tables, the reference codes, and the output of the data more user friendly way.

Again, the methods employed prove reliable and accurate, but this is a tool for the researcher and investigator; it does not necessarily facilitate the understanding of the end user of the study.


Based on the study, the conclusion is that, first, in order to gain a better understand of, and insight into, the topic of online relationships, more studies and investigations on the subject need to be conducted. However, as concerns this study alone, the results, methods and limitations identified in the results of the data analysis significantly contribute to the existing body of literature and information on the subject of online relationships. The results indicate, too, that the individual and group perceptions towards the online relationships is less impacted than by social norms than the data in previous studies had reflected, showing that the online relationship building has moved from the social shadows into the full light of acceptable social behavior as far as pursuing relationships amongst contemporary college age people (see Table 3).

Again, however, because the role of the Internet in starting, building and maintaining relationships is new, further studies are needed to demonstrate the extent to which relationships that are built online, maintained online, can be sustained using the new and seemingly permanent tool of the Internet for that purpose. Nor does the data at this stage, or this level of investigation, reveal whether or not the dark side of Internet relationship building will come to the forefront and need to be addressed; that is, the point at which and extent to which the Internet ceases to be a too in beginning, building and sustaining relationships, and the point at which and extent to which the Internet is used to prolong relationships beyond their viable or sustainable human face-to-face, on-on-one interactions. That is, when the Internet becomes a tool of personal invasion on the privacy of those no longer wish to maintain, build, or sustain a face-to-face relationship. We have already seen some instances of that problem in the media, and, as the use of the Internet becomes intricately intertwined in the lives of those who use it for purposes of building personal relationships, it is foreseeable that that problem will in the near future become much bigger than is now being reported.

The study clearly shows that a new dimension exists with respect to meeting, building and sustaining relationships. The use of the Internet as a medium for initiating and maintaining relationships is a mainstay, not about to go away. The proliferation of technology to that end, IPods and cell phones, that make it easier to connect with anyone virtually anywhere at any given time is reflective of the extent to which this new social dimension has become both a social norm, and is embedded in the minds and activities of people young and old. Bonebrake's (2005) statement that people who use the Internet as the starting point of a relationship represent a certain section practicing unconventional approaches to beginning and maintaining relationships is no longer true; in fact, in today's busy world and work environments, the use of Internet dating services and the Internet in meeting and beginning relationships is rapidly expanding in use and acceptance; as evidenced by the study conducted here.

So, while this study has been successful in meeting its stated purpose, and has accurately measured the attitudes and perceptions of the group on the subject of online romantic relationships, it is clear that this but one step in what needs to further and on-going studies to track the use of the Internet in social relationships and how those relationships are both impacted by the use of the Internet, and how society at large is impacted by this new technological facet to…[continue]

Cite This Essay:

"Participant's Perceptions About The Use" (2007, January 17) Retrieved October 21, 2016, from

"Participant's Perceptions About The Use" 17 January 2007. Web.21 October. 2016. <>

"Participant's Perceptions About The Use", 17 January 2007, Accessed.21 October. 2016,

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Participant s Experience A Qualitative Research Reflecting How

    Participant's Experience: A Qualitative Research Reflecting How to Prevent Eating Disorders in Order to Support Current Patients This article aims to present a qualitative research of one woman's experience of anorexia, a kind of eating disorder, using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). The details of the women's personal experience of anorexia supposed to be unique, but the general outline is as common as on other patients. The delay of correct medical

  • Perception Smell Taste and Sight

    In the same way, if one were to intentionally color the inside of a piece of apple a dark brown color, a color that is generally associated with rotten apples, then one would not taste it. In essence, this means that at times, one sense would effectively overwhelm the others, so that eventually, this sense would overtake the others. (Fields, 2004) In this particular case of the brown apple, the

  • Perception of Customer Behavior

    Perception of Customer Behavior The Psychological State of Consumer Behavior The psychological state of the customer plays an important part in determining the consumer satisfaction. The perception and behavior of the consumer has an impact on the service climate as well as customer perception of service equality. According to Benjamin Schneider, Suzan White and Michelle Paul in the journal of applied psychology (Schneider, White & Paul, 1998), a given set of foundation

  • Perceptions of Elementary Teachers in

    In fact, as early as the 1989-1990 school years, school-based decision making was implemented in three elementary schools in the Memphis City School System (Smith, Valesky & Horgan, 1991). Based on this seminal initiative, improvements were cited in: (a) the coordination provided by the school councils; (b) school-based staff development activities; (c) support and services provided by the district central office; (d) data and reports provided to the individual

  • Perceptions of Success by Non Traditional Students Non Traditional...

    Perceptions of Success by Non-Traditional Students Non-Traditional Students' Perceptions of Academic Support Needs Perceptions of the Adequacy of College Services by Non-Traditional Students This purpose of this paper is to review two studies relevant to the topic of the perceptions of non-traditional students about their programmatic and service needs as matriculated students in institutions of higher education. The first section reviews an article by Luzius and Webb (2002) on the satisfaction levels of

  • Perceptions of Foreign UK Retail

    133). Marks & Spencer is currently met with a wide array of challenges, among which the emergence of the internationalized economic crisis which reduces the buying powers of the individuals, but also the incremental pressures for sustainable development. As the rest of the retailers, Marks & Spencer promotes its development through high levels of consumption, but given the unstable state of the environment, the governments militate for sustainable and limited

  • Perception Research Into Aspects of

    The results of this study found that some negative bias towards a patient's socioeconomic standing -- particularly from less-experienced dental students -- can result in "differential treatment" (e.g., less attentive care) (Carson, 675). But by "heightening awareness" of potential biases (that are based on accent or perceived lower socioeconomic status, or on racism) among dental students, through educational initiatives, stereotyping and bias can be reduced if not eliminated (Carson,

Read Full Essay
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved