Faculty Advisor

Doyle, James K.


Virtual worlds and online societies are a growing part of the world today, and have not had the extensive research that most of the world's social settings have. We began research in the field with general surveying and active participant observation. Our results showed, first, that people who join virtual social environments and turn away from their old real-world social activities often more than make up for it by participation in the social aspects of online, virtual worlds. Secondly, it opened the doors for a wide range of possible future research in the field, which we strongly hope others will take on in the future.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies