You are invited to participate in a survey study about furries and the furry fandom. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. This survey is part of ongoing exploratory research by the International Anthropomorphic Research Project (IARP) looking at the psychology of furries and the furry fandom. We will be collecting information about numerous topics with the hope of gaining a better understanding of the furry fandom and with the goal of testing the replicability of findings observed by other researchers who have studied furries. Specifically, we are exploring the nature of being a fan of furry content, motivation to be a furry, the nature of furries’ interaction with fandom-related material, sexuality (including adult content), demographics (i.e., age, sexual orientation, education, etc.), fursonas, and relationships. This survey is estimated to take approximately 30 minutes. You are free to skip any question for any reason.
The survey is anonymous in that it will not ask for your name or other identifying information (e.g., contact information). Collected data will be stored on a password-protected computer for a minimum of seven years. These data, which do not contain any identifying information, will be exchanged between researchers and research assistants. The shared data will be anonymous, and will have no identifying information. We may use anonymous quotations in publications, presentations, and lectures. In keeping with university and funding policies that are continuously evolving, anonymous datasets may be posted to a data repository, made available to the public, and/or made available to a researcher/student at another institution/journal referee who requests the data. This survey uses Survey Monkey (TM), which is an American Company. When information is transmitted over the Internet, privacy cannot be guaranteed. There is always a risk your responses may be intercepted by a third party (e.g., government agencies, hackers). University of Waterloo researchers will not collect or use Internet protocol (IP) addresses or other information which could link your participation to your computer or electronic device without first informing you.
To thank you for you participation in any of our studies, you will have a chance to win an Amazon gift card. To be entered in the draw for one (of up to ten) $25 Amazon.com gift cards, please leave your email with us at www.surveymonkey.com/r/fursciencethankyou. The chances of winning will depend on the number of responses, but we aim to give away 1 gift card for every 300 responses to our studies. You may write this link down now, but it will also be provided to you at the end of the survey. In order to be eligible for the gift card draw, you will need to submit a valid email address which will NOT be associated with your responses (the link is for a separate survey). We are informing you that for tax purposes, if you are a gift card winner, the amount received is taxable. It is your responsibility to report this amount for income tax purposes.
There are no known risks for participating in this study. It is possible that some questions (e.g., sexual orientation, gender identity, wellbeing) could make you feel some discomfort. Also, in this study, we ask questions about the use of pornography, scenarios that may induce arousal, voyeurism, and abuse in sexual relationships. Please remember that you are free to skip any and all questions in this study and still submit your email for the draw.