University of New Brunswick Online Poker Playing Study

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those with good time management skills will skip this survey because the odds for profiting are short and the time involved is long....so maybe your survey only attracts the desparate or curious or generous
 
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those with good time management skills will skip this survey because the odds for profiting are short and the time involved is long....so maybe your survey only attracts the desparate or curious or generous


LOL! Or perhaps they remember being in college and knowing people in the psych department that used to have to do these same kind of things as part of their studies, so they don't mind helping out? (And it doesn't take that long to answer the questions, BTW.)


I didn't realize the poker world had so many "black helicopters" conspiracy freaks in it? How many of you who are afraid this study is "anti-poker" have taken the time to write or e-mail your representatives on Capitol Hill to let them know how you feel about anti-poker legislation?? I'm guessing very, very few of you.

Why not send an e-mail now? The addresses for Congressmen are easy to find.
 
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I filled it out for you. You're welcome ;)
 
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Hi all,
One of the reasons this study is so exciting is that really no one has done any research in the area of online poker playing.
Whew, big boner there T. Care to retract or do we have to start throwing the citations?
 
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Firstly,
Thank you wsorbust and puppyfeet for your comments.

@ Makawa:
"To date there has been very little empirical research into Internet gambling and none relating to the recent rise in popularity of online poker [...] As far as the authors are aware, there have been only three published prevalence-type studies specifically investigating Internet gambling."

Wood, R.T.A., Griffiths, M.D., & Parke, J. (2007). Acquisition, Development, and Maintenance of Online Poker Playing in a Student Sample. Cyberpsychology and Behaviour, 10(3), 354-361. DOI: 10.1089/cpb.2006.9944

At the moment I am posting this I've not yet read the articles you've sent me. Although a grand total of 8 studies in one area is still very limited and the area of online poker still has a lot of promise to future researchers.
 
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Quick Question.
Does anyone know how (if I am allowed) to get my survey back onto the first page to increase exposure?

thanks,
Tony.
 
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Most "poll" type studies tend to show the results the poller wishes simply due to the manner of the questions asked.

To prove the point the Comedian's Penn and Teller sent an actor to a massive enviromentalist event in Washington DC with a made up paper asling people to outlaw H2O. They cited how H2O was in almost everything, told people how bad it was..even filling our lakes and rivers and our water supply. They had hundreds of "Enviormentalists" eagerly sign their names to the document to outlaw H2O...Water.

My point is, questions and "facts" can easily be manimpulated to achieve a preset goal of gaining a popular consensus of virtually any topic. It is clearly not a valide questionaire and I highly sugest that the OP re-write it so it relects a true and fair research paper. Untill then I will not waste my time on a biased quiz.
 
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Something that I think your questionnaire didn't really cover at all but has had a huge impact on poker over the last couple years is the TV coverage and marketing of the game.
In the old days you could see the Main Event on TV and that was about it. Nowadays there's a game on every night, there's superstars like it was a sport, there's rivalrys, everything that makes the kids wanna give it a try.
 
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To adventurebound,
You're absolutely right, that results can be influenced by experimenter bias, and therefore I've opted to use empirically validated questionnaires with good reliability and validity. While you are also right that facts and results of studies can be twisted, the goal of publishing a scientific paper is to present findings in an objective fashion, and if the paper is quite stilted, the editors to the journals it was submitted to will not accept it for publication. I disagree with the comment that it is not a valid questionnaire, and the committee which reviewed this study also did not view it as such. I think one of the reasons I've been receiving this feedback is due to my construction of the gambling demographics page, where several poker players revealed to me that the design of some questions did not capture poker well, although the questions would be adequate for forms of gambling. At the end of the study in the debriefing, I explain the goal and purpose of this study, of which the questions that need revision are not really a part of. One of the interesting things I've learned by doing this is that a lot of the basic questions you could ask other forms of gamblers do not truly fit poker players. A student in the lab I'm currently working in has expressed interest in furthering this research next year after I've left, and this kind of feedback will be helpful in the design of subsequent surveys. I stand by my statement that this survey is a true and fair research paper, despite the shortcomings in acquiring some basic information.

To Spranger:
You're right about the impact that TV coverage and marketing has had on the world of poker. In fact the authors of the study I've based my project on did posit that TV coverage had a significant impact in making poker what it is today. Although this topic is interesting, I'd be interested to hear of a feasible way to assess that impact via an online questionnaire, what kind of predictions you could make with the information you collect, what questions you would need to ask to get at that information :p Basically, the impact of the media on poker was too large in scope for this study. It would be great if I could write a paper on everything that has to do with poker, but as you saw in my debriefing, it was not a goal to examine this element of poker. It would be an interesting topic to tackle though :)

Tony.
 
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WELL there goes our hard working dollars to help out the internet gambler to just hide out at a college and play online poker and getting shitfaced with beer and probably getting a blowjob by his proffesor....What other crap course can a guy get into???
 
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sounds good to me...

when is this study over??
 
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Quick Question.
Does anyone know how (if I am allowed) to get my survey back onto the first page to increase exposure?

thanks,
Tony.
Bump didley bumpitey bump
 
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I'm not sure what you meant by that post or how to address it, if you care to clarify I'd be happy to address your points.

To popo12
The study is expected to run until March 31st or until the required number of participants have been met.

To Makwa,
Thanks :p
 
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Note to self -- Enroll immediately at the University of New Brunswick! I understand they are going to study internet porn next. :)
 
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To Hacklimit,
hahaha, actually UNB is well recognized for the contributions they make in the area of research on sex, as several faculty members are well known sex researchers. Not as fun as studying online poker though ;)
 
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Any other questions or comments I can address?
 
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It wouldn't work . . . couldn't get past the second page???
 
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Hi all,
That's very odd, I just ran through it myself to see if there were any issues and it worked fine. Were you clicking on 'next' when it froze or filling out responses? If you let me know I can contact the hosting company and get them to look into it. It is possible that if you closed the survey you will not be able to get back into it as we have features in place that attempt to prevent individuals from submitting multiple responses, send me a PM if this happens to you.

Tony.
P.S. Thank you for your continued interest, I've collected about half my sample so far :)
 
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that sounds pretty neat, ill see if i can fill that out later
 
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Did this

The questions did seem some what one sided like they were trying to say anyone that plays even for play chips has an addictive personality...
 
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Hi Philo Betto420,
I suppose it depends how you answer them. The questions allow for a range of answers, so it really depends on your responses. The goal, as I mentioned in several previous posts is not to show that poker players are all addicts.
 
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I will fill this survey out although I don't agree with the agenda it seems to be pushing on that other members on this thread/forum have realized. Hopefully our answers can help erase preconceived notions about people that gamble online for fun/as a hobby.
 
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Hi justadream82
Thanks for filling out the survey, I will be sharing my results will all those who indicate they wish to hear them, so we`ll see what happens :p

Tony
 
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Hi all,
I've collected my required number of participants, and so the data collection phase is now complete. Thank you to everyone who participated and left comments here. Any further comments or questions should be directed to the e-mail address left at on the debriefing page (the last page) of my survey.

thanks,
Tony.
 
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