"Poly folks and poly advocates, we need your help! Attached is a link to a newly launched online study! The work is part of a larger effort to further expand knowledge of relational attitudes, beliefs, and relational processes/practices of individuals who engage in consensual, nonexclusive intimate relationships, or who are philosophically open to doing so, regardless of their current relationship configuration. We undertake this effort in order to better understand the community, its beliefs, practices, and desires, as well as its position within the larger mosaic of humanity. We gratefully ask for your participation and request that you forward the survey to any and all poly people you know, post to forums, web pages, and list-serves, etc. We are aiming for thousands of participants who identify as poly so please help us spread the word! Much thanks! The link to the poly study"
(If you take and share this survey, please use the paragraph to provide context.)
Why is it important for us, as poly-folks, to take surveys such as these?
I read, not too long ago, that the poly community is in the position that the GLBT community was in 30 years ago. I think it would be a good idea to follow in their footsteps by being activists for our lifestyles. This means being as open and honest about your lifestyle as you feel comfortable or safe in doing. This also means allowing that openness to be examined by others.
Surveys like these are used in studies to find the truth about polyamory. When studies are done honestly and with an open mind of those taking these surveys (and the data used honestly rather than a slant to destroy these communities) they can be later used as evidence to show that poly relationships and lifestyles are safe and healthy.
By taking these surveys and providing information about your lifestyle, you are giving the whole community a gift. Please consider being an activist, even in your own small way, even if that way is anonymously.