Looking for adult social media users in the US to participate in an interview study!

Project Title:  Social Media and Emotions

Principal Investigator: Nazanin Andalibi, PhD, School of Information, University of Michigan

Graduate Student: Justin Buss, School of Information, University of Michigan

Research Objectives:​

This study’s goal is to explore social media users’ attitudes around emotions and social media.

 

The study entails an interview session during which we will learn about your social media use and attitudes towards sharing personal experiences online. The entire session will take approximately 90-120 minutes, and will occur over video or audio call of your choice (e.g., skype).

Information for Research Subjects Eligibility:​

Minimum eligibility criteria to participate in this interview study include the following: a) use any type of social media; b) live in the United States; and c) be 18 or over. Taking part in this research project is voluntary.

 

If you are interested in participating, we ask that you fill in a short screening survey that takes 2-4 minutes. If you are eligible to participate, we will follow up with you to set up an interview time.

Compensation:​

We will offer a $30 Amazon gift card for participating in our interview study and allowing us to learn from you.

 

For further information:

If you are interested in participating in this study and have questions, please contact the study’s PI, Nazanin Andalibi at:

andalibi@umich.edu

If you’re interested in participating, you can visit this page to fill out a very brief screening survey, and we will contact you via email if you are selected to participate in the interview study. 

The University of Michigan Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board has determined that this research is exempt from IRB oversight.

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You can read more about the actual interview study below:

Invitation to be Part of a Research Study

You are invited to participate in a research study. Minimum eligibility criteria to participate in this interview study include the following: a) use any type of social media; b) live in the United States; and c) be 18 or over. Taking part in this research project is voluntary. 


Important Information about the Research Study
 

Things you should know:

  • The purpose of the study is to understand social media users’ attitudes around emotions and social media. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete an individual interview that will be audio-recorded and transcribed (but not video recorded). 

  • The interview will occur over video or voice call of your choice. 

  • The interview will take approximately 90-120 minutes (1.5 - 2 hours). While the interview may not last 2 hours, we ask that you budget for 2 hours in case it does.

  • Upon your completion of this study, you will receive a $30 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation for your time and sharing your experience with us.

  • There are no obvious physical, legal, financial, or economic risks associated with participating in this study.

  • There are no direct tangible benefits to participating in this study. However, your insights will help us find ways to include the expectations and needs of individuals who use social media in their design and policy.

  • Taking part in this research project is voluntary. You don’t have to participate and you can stop at any time with no penalties.  


What is the study about and why are we doing it?

We go through a variety of experiences in life. Often these experiences evoke emotions for us. Sometimes we share about these experiences on social media and sometimes we do not. This study’s goal is to explore social media users’ attitudes around emotions and sharing them on social media.


What will happen if you take part in this study?

If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete an individual interview that will be audio-recorded and transcribed (but not video recorded). The interview will occur over video or voice call of your choice (e.g., skype). The interview will take approximately 90 to 120 minutes.  


How could you benefit from this study?

There are no direct tangible benefits to you from participating in this study. However, your insights will help us find ways to include the expectations and needs of individuals who use social media in their design and policy.


What risks might result from being in this study?

There are no obvious physical, legal, financial, or economic risks associated with participating in this study. If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the session, you may stop the interview or skip any questions at any time that you choose with no penalty.


How will we protect your information?

We plan to publish the results of this study. To protect your privacy, we will not include any information that could identify you in any way. It is possible that others may need to see the information you give us as part of the study, such as organizations responsible for making sure the research is done safely and properly like the University of Michigan IRB or government offices. To minimize risk of breach of confidentiality, all participants and their data will be given pseudonyms or participant numbers for recording and reporting purposes. Moreover, only the research team and transcribers who are bound to a confidentiality agreement will have access to the conversations. The recording of the interview and subsequent transcription will be kept on a secure U of M server. Data collected in this study will be retained for potential comparative research studies. A summary of the study’s results will be made available to you upon request.


What will happen to the information we collect about you after the study is over?

We will only use your email address to schedule the interview and to send you the honorarium. We will not collect your name or any other personally identifying information. 


How will we compensate you for being part of the study?  


Upon your completion of this study, you will receive a $30 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation for your time and sharing your experience with us. This will be emailed directly to you at the email you provide us with while setting up the interview.


What are the costs to you to be part of the study?


Participation in this research study is at no cost to you.


Your Participation in this Study is Voluntary


It is totally up to you to decide to be in this research study. Participating in this study is voluntary. Even if you decide to be part of the study now, you may change your mind and stop at any time. You do not have to answer any questions you do not want to answer.