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* 1. How did you learn about this survey?

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* 2. How old are you? (You must be at least age 16 or above to fill out this confidential survey.)

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* 3. What is your gender?

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* 4. What is your marital status?

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* 5. Do you have any children?

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* 6. If you answered "yes" or "other" to the previous question, please share additional details about your children, such as age and gender

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* 7. What is the nicest thing that a friend has ever done for you over the years? Please share in as much detail as possible.

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* 8. What's the most hurtful thing a friend has ever done to you? Please share about this in as much detail as possible.

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* 9. Have you ever been the victim of a bully?

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* 10. If you answered "yes" or "other" to the previous question, please share about what happened in as much detail as possible.

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* 11. Please share about your current closest or best friend who is not related to you by marriage or blood, e.g. NOT your husband, cousin, parent, etc. How did you meet? What is it about your friend that you like about your friend? dislike? How long have you been friends? Do you ever have disagreements? Do you live nearby? If not, how far away does your friend live? How often do you communicate by phone? online? get together in person?

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* 12. In 1997, I founded National New Friends, Old Friends Week, a week that begins the Sunday in May after Mother's Day is celebrated in the United States, and lasts for a week. (Recently rename International New Friends, Old Friends Week.) Now that you know about this special week, do you think you will do something special for or with your friends during that week?

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* 13. If you answered "yes" "maybe" or "other" to the previous question, please explain your answer.

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* 14. In my research, I divide friendship into three categories: best, close, and casual friends. In this and the next two questions, please note the number of friends you currently have in each category.
Number of current BEST friends

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* 15. Number of current CLOSE friends.

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* 16. Number of current CASUAL friends.

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* 17. Do you currently have a close or best friend who lives in another country?

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* 18. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please share details about this friend: how you met, when you or your friend moved to the other country, and why, the challenges and pluses of having a friend in another country, any cultural concerns, and anything else you like to add about having an international friendship.

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* 19. Check off the social networking sites that you currently are on

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* 20. How many connections do you have on Facebook?

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* 21. Of your connections on Facebook, how many are best friends?

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* 22. Of your connections on Facebook, how many are close friends?

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* 23. Of your connections on Facebook, how many are casual friends?

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* 24. Of your connections on Facebook, how many are people you work with, who are really co-workers or colleagues, rather than friends?

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* 25. Of your connections on Facebook, how many are acquaintances?

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* 26. Do you have any "friends" (connections) on Facebook who are complete strangers to you?

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* 27. If you answered "yes" to the last question, how did those "friends" get connected to you on Facebook?

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* 28. How much time each day, on average, do you spend on Facebook?

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* 29. Has Facebook ever helped a friendship?

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* 30. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please explain.

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* 31. Has Facebook ever hurt a friendship?

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* 32. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please explain.

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* 33. Tell me about the most recent friendship that you have made. What type of friend do you consider this friend?

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* 34. How long ago did you meet?

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* 35. How did you meet?

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* 36. Please provide additional details about this new friend. Why do you think you are friends? How often do you communicate? get together in person? What are the pluses and/or challenges of this new friendship?

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* 37. Although this is optional, please share as much about yourself as possible especially the city (or state) and country where you live. Your name and e-mail address (and city/country) are the most important information so I can follow-up with more questions and/or a request for an interview.

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* 38. Although a follow-up interview cannot be guaranteed, would you at least be interested in such an interview by e-mail, phone, or in-person?

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* 39. What do you most want to learn about friendship and social media?

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* 40. Do you think that spending time on Facebook or any other social networking sites takes time away from your face to face friendships? (If you answer "yes" to this question, please use the "other" comment field to add more details about your answer.)

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* 41. What is the #1 benefit of friendship to you? (PICK ONLY ONE ANSWER PLEASE)

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* 42. Do you have any opposite sex platonic friends?

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* 43. If you answered "no" to the last question, would you like to have an opposite sex platonic friend?

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* 44. If you answered "no" to the last question, would you like to have an opposite sex platonic friend? (Please note: this is a duplicate question of #43. If you answered 43, you can skip this question. My apologies.)

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* 45. If you would like to have an opposite sex platonic friend, but you currently don't, what's stopping you?

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* 46. What is your favorite movie with a friendship theme?

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* 47. Would you like to read a book of famous friendship quotes?

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* 48. What books have you read on friendship that you would recommend?

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* 49. What would you like to learn about friendship?

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* 50. Do you wish your information to be used anonymously or with attribution (your first and/or first and last name)?

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* 51. By completing this survey and submitting it you have agreed to the use of your quotes or examples in anything written, published, or discussed by this researcher related to this survey as you stipulated in your answer to question #50 (the previous question) in this survey.



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* 52. Are there are any other questions about friendship, especially about the impact of social media/social networking on friendship, that I should be asking?

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* 53. Have you ever had a friendship that made you physically or emotionally ill?

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* 54. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please explain the circumstances related to that particular friendship. Also please include any of the physical or psychological manifestations of your friendship-related illness(s).

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* 55. Which race/ethnicity best describes you? (Please choose only one.)

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* 56. Which of the following best describes your current occupation? (Please also include your "exact" job title in the "other" area)

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* 58. Please add any additional comments you have about friendship including anything about your early childhood family or friendship relationships that may be impacting on your friendships now, your friendship challenges, highlights, disappointments, etc.

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* 59. Over the years, how many friendships have you had to end?

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* 60. If you answered "1" or any number more than 1 in the previous question, please pick the friendship you ended that most impacted on you and share with me about when and why you had to end the friendship. Was it a best, close, or casual friendship?

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* 61. Has anyone ever ended a friendship with you even if you didn't want it to end?

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* 62. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please share about what happened, how long ago the friendship ended, how it made you feel when your friend ended your friendship, and how you feel about what happened now, when you reconsider that particular  friendship.

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* 63. Please share about how many siblings, if any, you have?

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* 64. If you grew up as an only child, how, if anything, did that impact on your earliest friendships?

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* 65. If you grew up having one or more siblings, please share about how your sibling relationship(s) impacted on your earliest friendships as well as your friendships to this day.

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* 66. Do you have any friends who are of a different race than you?

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* 67. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please share about the type of friendship it is -- best, close, or casual -- and what the race is of your friend.

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* 68. If you have a friend of another race, has that ever led to a confrontation in public because of your friendship or has race ever been an issue in your friendship?

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* 69. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please explain your answer below.

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* 70. If you answered "no" to question 66 -- that you do not have a friend of a different race than you -- why do you think that is the case?

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* 71. What is your religion?

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* 72. How would you describe your relationship with sibling#1 when you were growing up? In "other" describe which sibling this answer refers to

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* 73. How would you describe your relationship with sibling #2 when you were growing up? In "other" describe which sibling this answer refers to

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* 74. How would you describe your relationship with sibling #3 when you were growing up? In "other" describe which sibling this answer refers to.

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* 75. How would you describe the relationships with each of your siblings today?

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* 76. Please add in the space below anything about yourself that you want to share such as memorable friendships over the years that you haven't commented about before in this survey, good or bad; work and friendship positive or negative situations; if you have had to deal with a friend's illness or death, friendship traditions that you and your friends have developed, international or cultural differences in friendships you've experienced or observed, etc.

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* 77. Do you currently have a pet?

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* 78. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, what kind of pet do you have?

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* 79. If you answered "yes" that you have a pet, please share about whether or not you consider your pet a friend and/or the role your pet has in your life.

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* 80. How many followers do you have on Twitter?

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* 81. Of those followers, please note how many are best, close, or casual friends vs. acquaintances or total strangers.

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* 82. How many connections do you have on LinkedIn?

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* 83. Of those connections on LinkedIn, please note how many are best, close, or casual friends vs. acquaintances or total strangers.

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* 84. Please rank in order of preference the way you like to communicate with your PERSONAL FRIENDS. Put 1 for your favorite way, 2 for the next favorite way, and so on. Here are the choices:
in person
by phone
through e-mail
through text messaging
through Skype
FaceTime
WhatsApp
through Facebook
private messaging through Facebook
Other (please add any way(s) that are missing)

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* 85. Has a friend ever betrayed you?

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* 86. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please share more about the betrayal. What kind of friend was it? Best, close, or casual? What was the betrayal over?

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* 87. Have you ever betrayed a friend?

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* 88. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, what was the betrayal over? Was it a best, close, or casual friend?

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* 89. Do you think you have more friends now because of the social media that you're on?

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* 90. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please share more about how many additional friends you have because of social media and what kind of friend(s) those new friends are, e.g. best, close, or casual. Please also point out what social media you're referring to in your answer.

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* 91. If you live in a country outside of the U.S., or if you live in the U.S. but you have friends in other countries, do you notice any cultural differences in your approach to friendship?

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* 92. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please share about those cultural differences.

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* 93. How would your rate your ability to deal with conflict in friendship? (Pick only ONE answer)

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* 94. Please review the apps or websites that are listed below and check off any that you have  used TO FIND A FRIEND. If there is an app or website for finding a friend that is not included, please add that information in the OTHER comment box as well as any comments you'd like to add related to this question.

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* 95. Have you had a friend die?

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* 96. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please share about what happened and how it has impacted on you. How long ago was it? What did your friend die from? Has it influenced how you feel about friendship, life, your own legacy, your other friends, other relationships, or even the work you do? Thanks for sharing about this sensitive but very important issue.

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* 97. If you have any rituals related to your friendships, please share about those rituals by checking off any of the following that apply. If you have rituals that are not included, please add those in the OTHER comments section.

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* 98. Have you had your political views, or the political views of your friend, lead to conflicts in your friendship?

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* 99. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please explain the circumstances behind that political-friend conflict.

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* 100. How important is friendship to you at this point in your life? Check off the one (1) answer that fits best. Please use the "Other" box to share more about your answer.

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