Research Survey - Social Media & Humanitarian Crises
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Which of the following social media platforms do you use? *
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How do you primarily stay up to date on current events? *
How often do you check the news? This could be print news, digital news source websites (like cnn.com, etc.), or TV news sources *
How often do you check social media? *
Approximately how many times in the past month have you seen posts or stories relating to current events on social media? *
In the past month, how many times have you reposted a social media story or post relating to current events? *
The following questions ask you to consider your reactions to content on news sources and social media regarding humanitarian crises. A definition of humanitarian crises is offered below to help you answer the following questions.
A humanitarian crisis is an event or series of events that pose a threat to the basic health, safety, and security of a community. This includes natural disasters like hurricanes and droughts, war and other violent conflicts, and other human-made emergencies like fires and major accidents.
Approximately how many times in the past month have you seen media in news stories from online or TV news sources that could potentially be described as violent or graphic relating to current humanitarian crises?

(Such as graphic images of victims of war and violence)
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Approximately how many times in the past month have you seen posts or stories on social media that could potentially be described as violent or graphic relating to current humanitarian crises on social media?

(Such as graphic images of victims of war and violence)
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If you have come across posts/stories/content on social media with graphic depictions of victims of humanitarian crises, how did you react to the post/story in question? *
If you have come across posts/stories/content on social media with graphic depictions of victims of humanitarian crises, what words came to mind as you were viewing said content.
If you have come across posts/stories/content on social media with graphic depictions of victims of humanitarian crises, which of the following emotions did the image provoke?

(The following survey questions ask you to rank these emotions further)
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The following questions ask you to rank how much you agree with the following statement regarding posts/stories/content on social media with graphic depictions of victims of humanitarian crises.
Please only fill out of this is applicable - as in you use social media and have come across such content.
Seeing the post/story made me feel angry.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agreee
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Seeing the post/story made me feel fearful.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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Seeing the post/story made me feel frustrated.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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Seeing the post/story made me feel sad.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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I did not feel a strong emotion when viewing the post/story.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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I do not let myself become emotional when viewing these posts/stories.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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The violence depicted in the post/story feels real and tangible to me.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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I tune out or scroll past these kinds of posts and stories.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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Seeing the post/story made me want to learn more about the humanitarian crisis.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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Seeing the post/story made me want to learn more about I can help those living through the humanitarian crisis.
Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
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Please elaborate if possible on the emotions and feelings provoked by viewing these posts/stories on social media
If you have come across posts/stories/content on social media with graphic depictions of humanitarian crises, did viewing these posts lead you to do any of the following *
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In the past month, how many times have you reposted a social media story or post relating to current events that show graphic depictions of victims of humanitarian crises? *
The following section relates specifically to social media posts and stories relating to the current Gaza-Israel conflict. Please answer as best you can.
In the past month, how often have you seen posts/stories/content on social media containing graphic images or videos of victims of the Gaza-Israel conflict? *
On a scale from 1 to 10, how well educated would you consider yourself regarding the conflict in Gaza and Israel? *
Not very well educated - I do not know what is happening and/or why it's happening
Well educated - I have a thorough understanding of the conflict and historical context
On a scale from 1 to 10, rate your level of concern and preoccupation regarding the current humanitarian crises in Israel and Gaza. *
Does not preoccupy my thoughts - is not a topic of particular concern to me
Significantly preoccupies my thoughts - a topic of major concern to me
On a scale from 1 to 10, how up to date have you been staying on the Gaza-Israel conflict? *
Have not been staying up to date in the least
Have been staying significantly up to date
If you have come across graphic pictures or videos of victims of the Gaza-Israel conflict on social media or news sources, how did viewing those pictures/videos affect your level of concern and preoccupation regarding the conflict? *
Please elaborate if possible on the prior question
The following section relates specifically to social media posts and stories relating to the Russia-Ukraine war. Please answer as best you can.
In the past month, how often have you seen posts/stories/content on social media containing graphic images or videos of victims of the Russia-Ukraine war? *
How well educated would you consider yourself regarding the Russia-Ukraine war? *
Not very well educated - I do not know what is happening and/or why it's happening
Well educated - I have a thorough understanding of the conflict and historical context
On a scale from 1 to 10, rank your level of concern and preoccupation regarding the current humanitarian crises resulting from the Russia-Ukraine war. *
Does not preoccupy my thoughts - is not a topic of particular concern to me
Significantly preoccupies my thoughts - a topic of major concern to me
How up to date have you been staying on the Russia-Ukraine war? *
Have not been staying up to date in the least
Have been staying significantly up to date
If you have come across graphic pictures or videos of victims of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on social media or news sources, how did viewing those pictures/videos affect your level of concern and preoccupation regarding the conflict? *
Please elaborate if possible on the prior question
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