Participant Information

Instagram photo sharing and its relationship with social connectedness, loneliness and well-being.

You are invited to participate in a research study that explores the role of Instagram photo sharing and its relationship with social connectedness, loneliness and well-being.

The study is being conducted by Julie Maclean, Yeslam Al-Saggaf from the School of Computing and Mathematics and Rachel Hogg from the School of Psychology at Charles Sturt University.

Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.

What is the purpose of this study?
The aim of this study is to investigate Instagram photo sharing and its relationship with social connectedness, loneliness and well-being.  The survey questionnaire will include questions about your Instagram use, in addition to general questions relating to you as a person, including your feelings of social connectedness, loneliness, and well-being.

Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
You have been invited to participate in this study because you are an Instagram user.

In order to participate, you need to be 18 years old or over.  You must also have shared photos within the last week on your Instagram account.

What does this study involve?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete this survey questionnaire which will take approximately 20 minutes of your time.  You will be asked questions regarding your photo sharing activity on Instagram.  You will also be asked about certain feelings or thoughts you may have in relation to social connectedness, loneliness, and well-being.

If you are already feeling anxious about answering these questions or think you may react badly to the questions, then you should not participate in this study.

Are there risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?
There are no anticipated risks/discomforts to you as a result of your participation in this study.  As outlined above, if you are already feeling anxious or think you may react badly to the questions, then you should not participate in this study.

Should any of the questions in this survey make you feel upset or uncomfortable at any point, please discontinue participating and contact your healthcare professional or Employee Assistance Program on 1300 361 008 and, if necessary, contact Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.

There will be no benefit to you in participating in this research, however, you may find participating in the research an interesting and enjoyable activity.
How is this study being paid for?
This study is funded as part the primary researcher’s doctoral research.

Will taking part in this study cost me anything?
No

What if I don't want to take part in this study?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice.  Not participating will not disadvantage you in any way.

By progressing beyond this information statement, you are indicating your informed consent to participate in this study.  If you decide to participate, you are free to discontinue participation at any time by closing your browser window or pressing CTRL+Q.  Any data entered prior to discontinuing may be used as part of the study.

What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
It is not possible to identify you from your answers as this is an anonymous questionnaire and your data cannot be linked to you so withdrawing later is not possible.  

How will my confidentiality be protected?
The questionnaire is anonymous and it will not be possible to identify you from your answers.  Data entered into this online platform is protected by SurveyMonkey's privacy policy and security statement.

Data will be retained for at least 5 years in a password protected project folder and will only be accessible by the researchers.  No access will be provided to any of the participants of this study.

What will happen to the information that I give you?
Your responses are anonymous. The data will be analysed and reported in aggregate form. The findings from this study will be published through thesis, conference proceedings and/or journals.

The demographic questions such as age, gender, etc., will only be used for statistical purposes and the information you provide will not be used to identify you in any way.

What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide?
We appreciate you giving your time to this project. If you would like further information, please contact:
     Ms Julie Maclean
     School of Computing and Mathematics
     Charles Sturt University
     Phone:  0412 552 780
     Email: jmacle14@postoffice.csu.edu.au

Who should I contact if I have concerns about the conduct of this study?
The Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project - Protocol Number H19047. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact the Committee through:
     The Executive Officer
     Human Research Ethics Committee
     Office of Academic Governance 
     Charles Sturt University
     Panorama Avenue Bathurst NSW 2795
     Phone: (02) 6338 4628
     Email: ethics@csu.edu.au

Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.

Thank you for considering this invitation.

If you wish to have a copy of this Participant Information Statement, please select the Print button in your web browser to print the document or save it as a PDF file.
 
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