Do Not Disturb - Online Consent

Thanks for being here and welcome to the online consent form of the Do Not Disturb Study. This will explain you all the details of the study so can make an informed choice whether you want to participate.

    Purpose of this Research

    Notifications have become an integral part of our life. They inform us about incoming calls, new messages, and unread emails. Many people receive dozens, some hundreds of notifications per day. Yet, little is known about how these notifications affect us. The purpose of this study is to better understand from a scientific angle the effect of notifications on various affective states. In the long run, this may help to make notifications smarter, and allow for a more conscious use of them.


    The study is organized by Martin Pielot, associate researcher at Telefonica I+D (Research & Development), Barcelona Spain

    Participation (What will happen during the study)

    Participating in this study means that you will disable notifications across all devices and applications for 24 hours. For example, on the iPhone this can be done by activating Do Not Disturb mode - which gives this study its name. Your phone, tablet, computer, ... shall not create any visual, auditory, or vibration alert for new notifications or phone calls. The only exception is that phone calls from favorite contacts or from people who call twice will create the usual alert. We'll help you to set this up correctly. Other than that, you can use your devices as always: notifications are still visible in the notification center. There will be no restrictions regarding how you interact with them or how often you check the phone. The study consists of several parts: (1) Pre-study questionnaire: Prior to the study, you will be asked to fill out a pre-study questionnaire. It will collect demographic data and your typical habits around notifications. (2a) 24 Hours Do Not Disturb *enabled*: On the evening of one day, you will be asked to put your iPhone and other devices (iPad, MacBook, ...) into Do Not Disturb mode, and keep this mode enabled for 24 hours. After this 24 hour period, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to reflect your experiences. (2b) 24 Hours Do Not Disturb *disabled*: On the evening of another day, you will be asked to disable Do Not Disturb mode, and keep it disabled for 24 hours. After this 24 hour period, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to reflect your experiences. This day may either take place before or after the use of Do Not Disturb. (3) Post-study interview (optional): After having participated in both 24-hour period, you will be invited to participate in an interview, where you are encouraged to share your experiences.

    Compensation and Cost

    Besides the self-awareness experience, we unfortunately cannot offer any reward. There is no direct cost involved in the participation.

    Risks & Benefits

    Risks: when your devices are in Do Not Disturb mode, you may become aware of important information with a delay. We will not take responsibility for any event caused by missed notifications. If you believe that such an event would have major negative impact on you, for example, when you are waiting for an important email, please do not participate in the study. Please note that you can add people to your favourite lists, so that you will hear their calls despite Do Not Disturb being enabled. We can show you how if this is important for you. Benefits: we have become so used to notifications that living without them for 24 hours may be a interesting self-awareness experience. Further, the collective experience of you and the other participants will contribute to our understanding on how notifications affect us.


    If you agree to participate, we will assign you an ID number. You will enter this number into any questionnaire you fill out. This will make sure that nobody except for the organizers can identify you from the questionnaire responses. When publishing our results, we will only report from aggregated or anonymized data. We will never report any names, places, phone numbers, or any other information that could identify you.

    Right to Ask Questions & Contact Information

    You have the right to ask questions about this study at any time. Please feel free to contact the principal investigator Martin Pielot, Telefonica I+D, Plaza de Ernest Lluch i Martín, 5, Barcelona 08019, +34 646 819 307,

    Voluntary Participation

    Your participation in this research is entirely voluntary. You may discontinue participation at any time during the research activity without giving any reason. You may also discontinue parts of the study or decline to respond to any particular question without giving any reason.


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