Expressiveness and conformity in Internet-based polls

  • Sebnem Cilesiz
  • Richard Ferdig


This paper reports a research study that examined whether people are expressive and whether they conform to external opinion in Internet Based Opinion Polls. Four versions of an opinion poll via the Internet were administered to 69 college students. Specific conditions to operationalize expressiveness and conformity are explained in the paper. The results suggest that social science findings regarding interpersonal relations do not necessarily apply to Internet environments. The major implication of the study is that poll data collected via the Internet constitute reliable information.
How to Cite
Cilesiz, S., & Ferdig, R. (2003). Expressiveness and conformity in Internet-based polls. First Monday, 8(7).