Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science

Rule Perspectives and Rule Breaking among Active Internet Users

  • Overview

  • Progress

  • Project Team

Have you ever noticed that you may act differently when you are on the internet?

You are being invited to participate in a research study looking at how common behaviours on the internet and in the ‘real world’ may relate to moral perspectives and behavioural tendencies. This study includes various hypothetical scenarios and asks participants to respond to questions regarding rule breaking in online and offline environments.

Who is eligible to participate? You are eligible to participate if you use the internet and you are 18 years of age or older

This study is entirely ONLINE and uses a web-based survey with the following URL link:


The survey should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete and can be accessed on any computer with an internet connection. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. The survey will be available online until the end of August 2015.

For more information please email Andrew Nevin (anevin2@uwo.ca)

Principal Investigators

Paul-Philippe Paré, Ph.D.

Anabel Quan-Haase, Ph.D.
Sociology, Faculty of Social Science, and Faculty of Information and Media Studies,
The University of Western Ontario


Andrew Nevin, MA
Sociology, Faculty of Social Science
The University of Western Ontario 

Dec. 2014-present:  Call for survey participants. Participate by completing survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/rulebreakinguwo



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Principal Investigator:

Paul-Philippe Paré, Associate Professor

Paul-Philippe Paré
  • Quantitative sociological criminology
  • Patterns and causes of crime and violence
  • Sociology of the criminal justice system, esp. policing

519-661-2111 x83819
SSC 5207
office hours: After class or by appointment
Faculty Profile

Anabel Quan-Haase, Professor

Anabel Quan-Haase
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • The networked society
  • Social networks
  • New media and social change

519-661-2111 x86952
SSC 5413
Faculty Profile


Andrew Nevin, Graduate Student (MA)

  • cyber-criminology
  • technological deviance
  • sociology of technology
  • internet studies
  • social inequality