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* Investigator: Nicholas Jones
E-mail: NJones15@students.towson.edu

Purpose of the Study: The purpose of the study is to evaluate the extent to which young adults demonstrate behaviors that indicate a mindful use of social media.

Procedures: If you decide to participate in this study, you will complete a brief online survey of forty-seven questions that will ask about your social media use. This survey should take you no more than 10 minutes from start to finish.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria: To participate in this study, you must be a student eighteen years of age or over with at least one social media account.

Risks/Discomfort: To our knowledge, there are no foreseeable risks or discomforts expected when participating in this study.

Benefits: You are not expected to benefit in any way from your participation in this research; however, the results of the study will help us understand the extent to which young adults are mindful in regard to their social media use.

Confidentiality: No personally identifiable information is solicited in this survey. If any participants respond to an open-ended question with personally identifiable information, such information will be deleted immediately upon discovery.

Alternatives to Participation: Participation in this study is voluntary. You are free to withdraw or discontinue participation in this study for any reason at any time without explanation or penalty.

Contact Information: This study has been approved by the Towson University IRB Committee. If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant please contact the Institutional Review Board Chairperson, Dr. Elizabeth Katz, Office of University Research Services, 8000 York Road, Towson University, Towson, Maryland 21252; phone (410) 704-2236; e-mail IRB@towson.edu. If you have questions about the study or if you wish to withdraw your consent, please contact the Investigator, Nicholas Jones at NJones15@students.towson.edu or his Faculty Advisor, Bruce Mortenson at bmortenson@towson.edu.

By clicking YES below, I am indicating my understanding that (a) I am participating in a research study; (b) my participation is completely voluntary and that I can withdraw my consent at any time without penalty; and (c) I do not have to answer any questions I do not want to answer.

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* Age

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* Sex

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* What is your purpose of using social media?

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* When do you access social media?

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* Why do you use social media?

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* In a typical day how often do you to look at social media?

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* Which of the following social media services do you currently use or have an account with?

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* What is your preferred way to communicate with friends?

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* Do you turn off, silence, or put away your devices when...?

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* Does social media make you feel...?

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* On a regular day how many times do you post content on your social media accounts?

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* If you take selfies, do you...?

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* Do you...?

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* Do you compare your life to those of others on social media?

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* Do you know all of your friends and followers on social media?

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* Do you think that...

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* Is the way you present yourself on social media...

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* How do you feel about advertising on social networks?

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* Do you have any content on social media that you do not want some people to see?

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* Do you check your social media accounts before going to bed?

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* Do you find yourself distracted by social media when trying to focus on other tasks?

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* How often do you consider the consequences of content you post to social media?

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* How do you view the effect social media is having on your personal relationships?

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* How does social networking make you feel about your relationship with your peers?

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* How does social media make you feel about yourself?

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* Do you get frustrated with others for their social media use when you are together?

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* Do companies manipulate users to spend more time than intended on social media?

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* Do you follow others on social media whom you do not directly interact with?

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* Do you believe that people on social media present an accurate image of their lives?

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* Does your school have a set of guidelines for social media use?

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* Do you ever go through your old social media posts and delete content?

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* To what extent do you experience conflict on social media?

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* Do you express views on social media that you would be unlikely to state in person?

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* To what extent do you utilize social media to access a support network?

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* Do you believe that it is important to update your social media regularly?

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* Do you ever experience imaginary vibrations or sounds signaling a social media notification when none has actually occurred?

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* Do you engage in any meditation or mindfulness exercises?

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* Do you take time away from social media to process events or interactions?

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* Do you pay attention to the sources of the information that you encounter on social media?

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* Do you take into account the possible agendas of those posting information on social media?

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* Do you ever deliberately take a vacation from social media?

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* Are your social media accounts publicly available or private?

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* Do you ever review the privacy policies of the social network(s) you use?

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* Do you have a home technology policy limiting the amount of time you use devices?

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* Do you actively think about the tone and emotions you are conveying when crafting social media messages?

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* Do you actively consider the positive or negative effect your interactions might have on other people when crafting social media messages?

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* Is there anything you would like to add on the subject of social media?

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