A team of researchers at the Information Systems Department at the Technische Universität München, in Germany are conducting a survey on Twitter usage, and how this is affecting the daily lives and personal relationships of those who use the social network.
The survey examines the emotional effects wrought by Twitter usage on the individual, as well as the individual’s real and perceived role within the social network. It also looks at Twitter’s perceived problem-solving utility in ‘real-life’ situations.
Felix Köbler is one of the researchers conducting the survey, “Online social networks, in particular Twitter, play an increasingly important role in our lives. The use of Twitter has even been linked to political and social revolutions. We want to learn about the different ways that people use Twitter and how it affects their online and offline social relationships.”
Those wishing to participate in this study can do so by following this link. The survey takes about fifteen minutes to complete, and Felix expects the results to be available in the fourth quarter of 2011.
You can read more about the work of Felix and his colleagues in this article: “NFC: Using your Mobile to Make Natural Connections”