1. Welcome to My Survey! Please take the time to read the consent form below:

Principal Investigator                                                                      Faculty Supervisor
Chelsea Reid, Student                                                  Dr. Melanie O’Neill, Professor
BA Honours of Psychology                                                    Psychology Department
Vancouver Island University                                           Vancouver Island University
chelseareid@stumail.viu.ca                                                      Melanie.Oneill@viu.ca

This study intends to investigate the impact of cell phone and social media usage on relationship satisfaction. To characterize this relationship, I am seeking VIU students who are currently in a relationship and are 18 to 20 years old. Providing or not providing consent will not influence your relationship with the researcher, supervisors or the involved institution. If you choose to provide consent, you will be asked to complete a demographic form and a series of questions that are derived from proven valid and reliable scales. This survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

SurveyMonkey is being used to collect your survey responses. Survey data will be stored on SurveyMonkey’s servers located in the United States, and thus is subject to SurveyMonkey’s data management and privacy policies. For information on SurveyMonkey’s privacy police, see https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/legal/privacy-policy/ Please note that because SurveyMonkey stores data on servers located outside of Canada, data you provide would not be protected by Canadian privacy legislation, and may be accessed by the government of the United States in accordance with its laws.

All survey data from SurveyMonkey’s servers will be deleted not more than one month after completion of data collection, will is expected to be October 1, 2020. Data stored by the researcher will be password protected. Only the researcher will have access to the data as collected. All data will be destroyed after completed of the study, approximately April 2021.

To maintain the anonymity of all participants, the participants’ identities will not be requested and all data pertaining to personal identity will be coded. However, there is a risk that participants may be indirectly identifiable based on the information they provide on the demographic form. With the consent of participants, all data will be recorded and analyzed to determine the impact of cell phone and social media usage on relationship satisfaction, including a variety of other factors. These factors include: social comparison, jealousy, self-esteem, life satisfaction, and loneliness. All participants can retain a copy of the consent form and/or debriefing form by printing or using screen capture.

Consent can be withdrawn at any point during the demographic form or survey. Because your personal identity will not be collected, withdrawal from the study would not be possible once you click on the “submit” button at the end of the survey. If you wish to change your responses to any questions, you may do so prior to submitting the demographic form/survey by pressing the “WithdrawConsent” button. All electronic data will be stored on SurveyMonkey’s servers until the completion of the study. The results
This study confers the potential risk of triggering or worsening mental health issues, as some of the questions address participants’ wellbeing and health. If you believe this to be too large of a risk for you to participate, please feel free to not provide consent or withdraw consent without any explanation. If this study has made you aware of or triggered any mental or physical health concerns, please feel free to contact the following BC resources:

·      1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433): a crisis line for those considering suicide, or with concerns that someone else is

·      1-800-668-6868 (or text CONNECT to 686868): Kids Help Phone line for crisis response

·      1-866-661-3311 (or 604-872-3311): Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of B.C. line for emotional support for those in distress

·      310-6789: a mental health emotional support line that can also provide resources and information

·      811: HealthLinkBC, a free-of-charge health information and advice line 

If participants contact the Principal Investigator via email, their anonymity may be compromised. Additionally, there is the potential for information disclosed within our email correspondence to be subject to foreign legislation laws if non-Canadian based servers are used (i.e. Gmail, Hotmail, etc.). If you believe this to be too large of a risk for you to participate, please feel free to not provide consent or withdraw consent without any explanation.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may withdraw from the study at any time during the completion of the demographic form and survey questions. If you choose to withdraw from the study, all information provided during the survey will be withdrawn from the study and destroyed.  

If you have any concerns about your treatment as a research participant in this study, please contact the Vancouver Island University Research Ethics Board at reb@viu.ca or (250) 740-6631

I have read and understand the information provided above, and hereby consent to participate in this research under the following conditions:

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* 1. Do you consent to the above terms? By clicking yes, you consent that you are willing to answer the questions in this survey.

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