Do you honestly not understand that there's an entire WORLD of research (specifically, most of it) between "what the general population cares about" and "what one individual and nobody else cares about" (and speaking of which, name any issue out there that nobody but one researcher cares about)?
You realize that nearly every PhD in this country (of which there are nearly 3 million) researches what is personally interesting to them, even if 99.999% of the country couldn't give a sh*t about it? Professors get paid to publish pretty much whatever they can, and it takes virtually no proof of benefit or general interest in a subject to get it approved for research, even publication.
Hell, right now I'm studying people who play roleplaying games with a professor from Stanford. Explain to me how that fits into your conception of research... even I probably won't buy it.
You're wrong, and you're possibly the only one who doesn't know it.
I'm sorry it was TL:DR.... J/k
Do you honestly not understand the concept of C.R.E.A.M? Of course people get PhD's in what satisfy them, why wouldn't you? That doesn't disqualify it from being beneficial to society.
I think you're confusing "what the people are interested in" with "beneficial in society". I explicitly said the latter, which holds true for interest as well. Most "people", in the general sense, have never heard any of the stuff in any given dissertation, that doesn't change it's relevancy of the research.
You can live in a fantasy world all you want, but the simple fact that grants have to be "granted", dissertations have to defended, etc. is all the necessary evidence to support the reality that published research isn't about you.
Your study of those people yield results in the effect of people playing role playing games. That can easily be considered a benchmark for other studies to reference, but since you don't understand the concept of referencing, I guess this eludes you as well. Anyone who plays RPG's can benefit from your research.
Now, if those people were the only people in the world who plays video games, then you would have more of a point. I"m not saying that type of hypothetical research doesn't exist, just the minority.
Again, it's very simple. C.R.E.A.M. Edited, Jul 22nd 2011 1:00pm by Almalieque Edited, Jul 22nd 2011 1:02pm by Almalieque