Introduction

 
Before taking part in this study, please read the statement below and click on the "Next" button at the bottom of the page if you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study.

You are invited to participate in a study that will provide researchers and professionals with information to explore Mobile - Social Networking Site (SNS) use. The study has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).

Participation in the study typically takes 15 to 20 minutes and is strictly anonymous. Participants begin by answering general demographic and academic information about themselves and various questions about Smartphone and SNS use, and multitasking. All responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only. Participants should be aware that the experiment is being run from a "secure" server, so there is little possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties (e.g., computer hackers). Since this is a confidential online survey, we will not be collecting names or IP addresses.

In this study, you will not have any more risks than you would in a normal day of life. There are no direct benefits by participating in the study. However, what we learn from the study may help us to better understand SNS and Smart Phone use in college populations. Participation is voluntary, refusal to take part in the study involves no penalty or loss of benefits to which participants are otherwise entitled, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which they are otherwise entitled. Deciding to participate or not will not impact your grades/class standing/relationship to your institution.

If participants have further questions about this study or their rights, or if they wish to lodge a complaint or concern, they may contact Ipek Ozer, at (330) 672-2012 or iozer@kent.edu, or the Kent State University IRB, at (330) 672-2704.

You may print a copy of this consent form to keep at this time.

If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click on the "Next" button below to begin the survey.

Thank you for your participation!

KSU IRB PROTOCOL # 13-168
Date of KSU IRB APPROVAL: 04/04/2013