Seeing as it's a research paper, though, I'm asking you guys for help (again). Thanks!
Feel free to just discuss here how/why you like roleplaying. Obviously there are downsides to roleplaying, as there are with any pleasure (i.e. the time commitment, etc) but those of us who do roleplay still choose to engage in this activity even though we know we're not going to shed some extra pounds or live 10 years longer because of it. ;)
For my paper, I'd like to go into all the reasons why/how people enjoy roleplaying.
Some do it to escape reality, some do it to create reality...