Confidential friendship survey by Dr. Jan Yager  (jyager@aol.com)  Copyright 2013 by Jan Yager, Ph.D. All rights reserved. Thank you in advance for completing and returning this survey.

 
1. How did you learn about this survey?
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2. How old are you? (You must be at least age 13 or above to fill out this confidential survey.)
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3. What is your gender?
4. What is your marital status?
5. Do you have any children?
6. If you answered "yes" or "other" to the previous question, please share additional details about your children, such as age and gender
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.
8. What's the most hurtful thing a friend has ever done to you? Please share about this in as much detail as possible.
9. Have you ever been the victim of a bully?
10. If you answered "yes" or "other" to the previous question, please share about what happened in as much detail as possible.
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?
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?
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.
17. Do you currently have a close or best friend who lives in another country?
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.
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?
21. Of your connections on Facebook, how many are best friends?
22. Of your connections on Facebook, how many are close friends?
23. Of your connections on Facebook, how many are casual friends?
24. Of your connections on Facebook, how many are people you work with, who are really co-workers or colleagues, rather than friends?
25. Of your connections on Facebook, how many are acquaintances?
26. Do you have any "friends" (connections) on Facebook who are complete strangers to you?
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?
29. Has Facebook ever helped a friendship?
30. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please explain.
31. Has Facebook ever hurt a friendship?
32. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please explain.
33. Tell me about the most recent friendship that you have made. What type of friend do you consider this friend?
34. How long ago did you meet?
35. How did you meet?
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?
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.
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?
39. What do you most want to learn about friendship and social networking?
40. Do you think that spending time on Facebook or any other social networking sites takes time away from your face to face friendships?
41. What is the #1 benefit of friendship to you?
42. Do you have any opposite sex platonic friends?
43. If you answered "no" to the last question, would you like to have an opposite sex platonic friend?
44. If you answered "no" to the last question, would you like to have an opposite sex platonic friend?
45. If you would like to have an opposite sex platonic friend, but you currently don't, what's stopping you?
46. What is your favorite movie with a friendship theme?
47. Would you like to read a book of famous friendship quotes?
48. What books have you read on friendship that you would recommend?
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 #48 (the previous question) in this survey.



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?
53. 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.
Please return your confidential responses by e-mail (jyager@aol.com) (preferred) or by mail (Dr. Jan Yager, 1127 High Ridge Road, #110, Stamford, CT 06905 USA). Thanks for your help. (Dr. Jan Yager www.drjanyager.com, www.whenfriendshiphurts.com) Here is my handle at Twitter if you would like to follow my occasional tweets: http://www.twitter.com/drjanyager
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