1. Consent Form

* 1. Georgia State University
Department of Kinesiology and Health
Documentation of Consent

Title: An Examination of Twitter Users
Principal Investigator: Beth Cianfrone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Student Principal Investigator: Matthew Blaszka, Masters Student

I. Purpose: You are invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to investigate Twitter users. You are invited to participate because you are a Twitter user and at least 18 years old. A total of 450 participants will be recruited for this study. Participation will require 5-10 minutes of your time.

II. Procedures: If you decide to participate, you will click NEXT to access the online 59 item questionnaire. The questionnaire asks your consumption levels of Twitter and other media and takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

III. Risks: In this study, you will not have any more risks than you would in a normal day of life.

IV. Benefits: Participation in this study may not benefit you personally. Overall, we hope to gain information about Twitter users to help sport marketers in the future.

V. Voluntary Participation and Withdrawal: Participation in research is voluntary. You do not have to be in this study. If you decide to be in the study and change your mind, you have the right to drop out at any time. You may skip questions or stop participating at any time. Whatever you decide, you will not lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

VI. Confidentiality: We will keep your records private to the extent allowed by law. The investigators (Beth Cianfrone and Matthew Blaszka) will have access to the information you provide. Information may also be shared with those who make sure the study is done correctly (GSU Institutional Review Board and the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP)). We will use a study number rather than your name on sudy records. The information you provide will be stored on the principal investigator’s password and firewall protected computer. Your name will not be asked on the questionnaire and other facts that might point to you will not appear when we present this study or publish its results. The findings will be summarized and reported in group form. You will not be identified personally.

VII. Contact Persons: Call Beth Cianfrone at 404-413-8362 (bcianfrone@gsu.edu) if you have questions about this study. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a participant in this research study, you may contact Susan Vogtner in the Office of Research Integrity at 404-413-3513 or svogtner1@gsu.edu.

VIII. Copy of Consent Form to Subject: This waiver of documentation of consent form may be printed for your copy.

If you are willing to volunteer for this research, please continue with the survey. You are consenting that you are at least 18 years old.

Consent form approved by Georgia State University IRB March 17, 2011-indefinite.

Consent form approved by Georgia State University IRB March 17, 2011-indefinite.
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