Informed consent form

Title of the study

The mediation of culture, communication, and identity of young Lebanese adults across the cultural industries sector devoted to massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG)

Principal researcher

Name: Nabil I. Atallah     -    Email: nabilatallah@hotmail.com 

About this consent form

You are being invited to take part of this research study. Your participation is voluntary.  In this consent form you find specific details about the research in which you are being asked to take part of.  If at any time you have any questions about your participation, do not hesitate to contact the researcher named above.

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to understand the mediation of culture, communication, and identity of young Lebanese adults through their practice of role playing in their concrete life and in the virtual environment of MMORPG such as World of Warcraft, Second Life, and others.  Please note that you don’t necessarily have to be involved in MMORPG role playing in order to participate to this study.

What will happen if you take part in this study?

If you agree to participate in this study you will be asked the answer the questions provided in the following five pages.  Most of the answers are provided with one click, others require that you watch videos of less than 8 seconds in length each and answer by typing one word. The estimated time to answer all the questions ranges between 30 to 40 minutes.

Risks

There are no foreseeable risks or discomfort associated with your participation in this study.

Benefits

There are no direct benefits for your participation in this study. However, you may become more aware of the topic of this research by participating to it. Moreover, you will receive the results of your identity orientation questionnaire immediately after you complete it. Finally, the information gained through this study will be used to better understand the aspects of this research topic mainly in the discipline of information and communication sciences.

Confidentiality

No reference will be made in any form which could link you to this study. If you chose to enter your email address so that we can email you the results of this is study please note that your email address will not be shared with any third party. The email will be sent automatically by the web server hosting the study results database and will not be used by any human so no attempt will be made whatsoever to match your identity to the answers that you provide.

What about the transparency in the presentation of the research protocol and data?

The essence of this study is based on individual perspectives (thoughts and feelings) that remain obviously available for negotiations. This research protocol remains open to take into account your comments. Moreover, this research data and protocol is available to open leads which can be interesting for other researchers to explore. All raw data collected are stored in electronic format and will remain available for future reference by other researchers while maintaining the anonymous identity of participants in order to honor the commitment of confidentiality with them. The results will be available and accessible through academic publications and communications that will be subsequently carried out by the researcher.

Consent to participate

I have read and understand the above information. I have the opportunity to print and keep a copy of this form. I agree to participate in this study with the understanding that I may choose not to participate or to stop participating at any time. By clicking on “I agree” below I give my consent to participate in this study.