Flannery, Frances (2010) The Human Relationship Online. Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.
A large amount of research has been carried out in the area of computer science in relation to the internet. But the web is changing. In recent years, it has become a social environment for humans. More and more emotive exchanges occur online. And so a new dimension to computer science must emerge. This thesis aims to study the gap that currently exists between social science and computer science. That gap relates to human emotions and relationships online.
As a solution to the question "Can The lnternet Create Human Emotional Value?", this paper includes primary research taken from 4 surveys pertaining to emotional human experiences online. It also proposes a hypothesis called The Human lnteraction Stress Test, which aims to prove that the internet can provide additional emotional value which may not be accessible offline.
Primary research includes a survey of 20 Irish male online dating website members. It also examines the opinions of 26 general internet users and asks questions about their human interaction experiences online. A further 20 internet users have taken part in the Human lnternet lnteraction Stress Test in an attempt to prove or disprove it as a hypothesis.
The aim of this paper is not just to find answers but also to inspire future research in the area of the human relationship online. This area is new and progressive and further research will be needed to make advancements.
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