Personality, Social Networking Site Use, and Internet Behaviors




Title of Study: Personality, Social Networking Site Use, and Internet Behaviors


Who is conducting the research?

Principal Investigator: Cayla Buford, Barry University, Department of Psychology, [email protected], (305) 899-3270

Faculty Sponsor: Frank Muscarella, Barry University, Department of Psychology, [email protected], (305) 899-3275


What is the study purpose? You are invited to participate in an online study of the relationship between personality, social networking site use, and internet behaviors.


Am I eligible to participate? We are seeking 200 participants aged 18 years or older.


What does my participation involve? You are asked to complete an online questionnaire that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. No personally identifying information will be collected (e.g., IP address). That is, the survey is designed to collect anonymous data.


What will be asked? Participants will be asked to respond to various questions regarding personality characteristics, social networking site use, and internet behaviors.


What are the benefits? Information provided will contribute to our knowledge of personality, social networking sites, and internet behaviors. The only participants that will receive direct benefit is through MTurk in which they will receive $0.50 for their participation in this study.


What are the risks? There is no more than minimal risk.


What will be done with my information? The information you share will be anonymous and will only be used for research purposes. All information will be protected as required by the Barry University Institutional Review Board, which oversees all University research. No names will be included in any presentation or publication of the study findings. We may use or share your research information for future research studies. If we share your information with other researchers, we will not share any information that can directly identify you. These future studies may be similar to this study or completely different. We will not ask for your additional consent to use the de-identified data in future studies.


How can I withdraw from the study? Your participation in this study is voluntary, and you are able to withdraw at any point by closing your web browser before you submit.


Will I be compensated for participating? There will be a small financial compensation of $0.50 if you participate through MTurk. Participation through any other websites, such as, will not receive any financial compensation.


How can I get more information? For more information, or if you wish to receive a summary of the study findings, you may contact the researchers through their contact information listed above.


Certification: The Barry University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has reviewed and approved this research. If you wish to discuss your rights as a research participant, you may contact Jasmine Trana ([email protected] or 305-899-3020), who is the Barry University IRB Point of Contact.

I understand what this study is about, that my participation is voluntary, that I can end my participation at any time without penalty, and that completion of the survey will indicate my consent to participate. Please click [CONTINUE] to access the survey. Thank you.

Continue ONLY when finished. You will be unable to return or change your answers.

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