Informed Consent

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* 1. The purpose of this study is to explore undergraduate students’ use of social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and its correlations with personality and interpersonal skills. The following survey will ask questions about your use of Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, as well as questions that will aim to measure personality traits and interpersonal skills.
  • You must be 18 years or older to participate in this study.
  • Completing this survey is voluntary and will not affect your standing at the University of Hartford.
  • You may choose not to complete the survey at any time with no negative consequences.
  • Risks of participation in this survey are no greater than would be encountered in your daily life.
  • It will take you about 25 minutes to complete this survey.
  • Your participation in this study may add to existing knowledge about the relationships between personality and social media use.
  • Your name will not be associated with your answers and the data will not be coded in any identifiable way.
  • All data will be kept secure on the primary researcher’s private, password-protected computer, and any documents/spreadsheets containing participant data will be encrypted with a password known only by the primary researcher.  All data will be kept for 3 years following the conclusion of the study, and then destroyed.  
  • Your answers will be grouped with the answers of others for the purposes of data analysis.
  • The results of this study will be used in presentations and publications.
  • After participating in this study, you will be given an opportunity to provide your email address as entry to win one $20 gift card. Your email address will not be connected to your survey answers.  Selection of the winner will take place at the conclusion of data collection. The winner will be notified by email.
If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, please contact the University of Hartford Human Subjects Committee (HSC) at 860.768.5371. The HSC is a group of people that reviews research studies and protects the rights of people involved in research.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please contact:
  • Jackie Pacella, M.A. (Primary Researcher)   703-786-4893
  • Dawn Neese, Ph.D.  (Supervising Researcher)             
By selecting “I agree”, I certify that I understand the procedures and requirements of this study.  I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw consent and to discontinue participation at any time, with no effect on my standing at the University of Hartford.  I agree not to discuss the procedures or intent of the study with any persons who may choose to volunteer at a later date.

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