Thank you for participating in our survey.

This is a two-page, 5 minute survey about how different elements of text-based chatting affect people's level of suspicion and trust in their chat partner.  

Please read the informed consent information before beginning the survey. When done, click Next to begin.

Informed Consent Form


Researchers at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University are interested in learning more about how people perceive their chat partners’ during online text-based communication.


Completing this survey will take approximately 5 minutes. In this survey you will be asked to rate your hypothetical reactions to a list possible text-based interactions with another person.


You will be contributing knowledge to people’s experience during text-based communication. In addition, you will be entered in a drawing for one of ten $20 gift cards if you choose to provide your contact information in a separate form. The information you provide in the study will not be linked to your contact information in any way. The drawing will be held after the data collection is complete; we will contact the winners via email or telephone after the drawing has been completed.


No risks or discomforts are anticipated in this study. Your participation in this study is voluntary; if you feel uncomfortable answering a question you can skip the question. You may also withdraw from the study at any time.


Your responses to the survey questions will be kept confidential. We will not link your responses to your IP address, nor will we link your responses to any contact information you provide to us for the drawing. The responses will remain anonymous and be aggregated for analysis and academic publishing. The results may be published in conference proceedings or journal publications. However, no participant identifying information will be included in any publication.


Whenever one works with email or the internet there is always the risk of compromising privacy, confidentiality and/or anonymity. Your confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology being used. It is important for you to understand that no guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the internet by third parties.



If you have any questions about the study, contact Prof. Leanne Hirshfield at or 315-443-7369.