Texting and Accommodation

What is in a text message?

You are being asked to participate in a research study about text messages and accommodation. Accommodation is when someone does the same thing as the other person. The purpose is to see if the Communication Accommodation Theory exists in text messages and if it does, what parts of the theory exist within texting.

Information about Participants’ Involvement in the Study
The study will take place online. It should take you approximately 30 minutes to complete the research study.

If you agree to be a participant in this research, we would ask you to do the following things:
Type the last two text conversations that you have had on your mobile phone. The last 5 threads will work and then you will be asked to answer questions about both of the people you had conversations with.
Answer all of the questions on the survey to the best of your ability.

Risks are believed to be no more than encountered in daily activities.

The benefits of participation are that a better understanding of conversations that occur during recruitment will be understood. This may give you a better understanding of how you accommodate to people in your text messages or possibly how they accommodate to you.

The information in this research will be kept confidential. The data will only be coded by the researcher. Research data will be stored in a secure location. The location will be in a locked office. The data will be made available only to the persons conducting the research. No reference will be made in oral or written reports that could link participants to the research.

Voluntary Participation
You do not have to perform any activity you do not want to. You do not have to answer any question you do not want to answer. Participation in this study is voluntary. If you decide to participate, you may withdraw from the study at anytime without penalty and without loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

Contact Information:
If there are any questions at any time about the study or the procedures, or you experience adverse effects as a result of participating in this study, please contact: Dr. Bree McEwan 309-298-2370 or b-mcewan@wiu.edu
This project has been reviewed and approved by the WIU Institutional Review Board. Questions concerning your rights as a participant in this research may be directed to Jacquline Tharpe, at (309) 298-1191 or IRB@wiu.edu.

Now that you have read this information you have agreed to take the survey. If you wish to stop please exit now.