1. Welcome!

Hello, we are researchers from Teachers College, Columbia University. Anyone aged 13 or older is welcome to take our survey. For ethical reasons, we need to provide detailed information about this survey. Please read the Informed Consent below before consenting to take the survey.

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Our research lab is interested in "technology-mediated self-disclosure." In other words, we study how people communicate with one another through new technologies (e.g., Instant Messaging, Facebook, texting, etc).

Our self-disclosure survey, two additional questionnaires (on personality style and self-perceptions), and a series of demographic questions were all reviewed and approved by the Internal Review Board (IRB) at Teachers College, Columbia University. It should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete all these measures.

Dr. Barry Farber is the lead researcher and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Farber can be reached at columbia.techsurvey@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

This survey was deemed "low-risk", meaning it is not likely to have a negative impact on people. However, if the questions make you uncomfortable, you may quit at anytime, and may contact Dr. Farber to follow up.

As a thank you for completing the survey, we are offering entry into a lottery. The prize will be a $100 Apple gift card. At the end of the survey, we will ask for your email address for the lottery. Only the researchers will be able to see this information. No individual responses will ever be reported. We are interested solely in the results based on group data. Your email address will ONLY be used for entry into the prize lottery. Your personal information will not be given out and will be held in the strictest of confidence at Columbia University. Giving your name and email address is not necessary to complete the survey, and you may withhold it if you choose.

Data from the survey may be reported in professional publications and conferences. We plan to report group results, such as, "respondents between the ages of 20-30 preferred X type of communication above other types." You will be helping (anonymously) to advance knowledge in the field of psychology.

If you are over the age of 18, you may consent and begin the survey on the next page. If you are between the ages of 13-17, please have your parent or guardian read this Informed Consent and then consent for you on the next page.

Thank you,

The Self-Disclosure Team at Teachers College, Columbia University