Participant Information

You are invited to participate in a research study that explores the role of personality in smartphone usage in social situations.

The study is being conducted by Associate Professor Yeslam Al-Saggaf and Ms Rachel MacCulloch from the School of Computing and Mathematics at Charles Sturt University.

Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.

1. What is the purpose of this study?
The aim of this study is to investigate the role of personality in smartphone usage in social situations. The survey questionnaire will include questions about the frequency with which you look at your smartphone in social situations, as well as the apps you use and the contexts in which you do it. These are in addition to general questions relating to you as a person.

2. Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
All users of smartphones are invited to participate.

In order to participate, you need to be 18 or over and own/use a smartphone.

3. What does this study involve?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete this survey questionnaire which will take approximately 10 minutes of your time.

4. Are there risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?
There are no risks/discomforts to you as a result of your participation in this study. Should any of the questions in this survey make you feel upset or uncomfortable, please discontinue participating and contact your healthcare professional or, if necessary, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.

There will be no benefit to you in participating in this research.

5. How is this study being paid for?
This study extends the results of a previous study funded by an Australian Research Council grant [LP130100808].

6. Will taking part in this study cost me anything?
No

7. What if I don't want to take part in this study?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Not participating will not disadvantage you in any way.
8. What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
It is not possible to identify you from your answers as this is an anonymous questionnaire and your data cannot be linked to you so withdrawing later is not possible.

9. How will my confidentiality be protected?
The questionnaire is anonymous and it will not be possible to identify you from your answers.

Data will be retained for at least 5 years in a password protected project folder on the Chief Investigator’s work computer at Charles Sturt University.  Data entered online is protected by SurveyMonkey's Privacy Policy and Security Statement and will be deleted from the system after a period of no more than 5 years.

10. What will happen to the information that I give you?
Your responses are anonymous. The data will be analysed and reported as a group, i.e., in general. The findings from this study will be published in conference proceedings and/or journals.

The demographic questions such as age, gender, etc., will only be used for statistical purposes and the information you provide will not be used to identify you in any way.

11. What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide?
We appreciate you giving your time to this project. If you would like further information, please contact:

Ms Rachel MacCulloch
School of Computing and Mathematics
Charles Sturt University
Phone: 0435166064
Email: rmacculloch@csu.edu.au

12. Who should I contact if I have concerns about the conduct of this study?
The Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact the Committee through the Executive Officer:

The Executive Officer
Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
Human Research Ethics Committee
Charles Sturt University
Orange Campus
346 Leeds Parade
Orange NSW 2800
Phone: (02) 6365 7977
Email: FOBJBS-FHEC@csu.edu.au

Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.

Thank you for considering this invitation. If you wish to have a copy of this Information Statement, please select the Print button in your web browser to print the document or save it as a PDF file.    
 
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