The Role of Personality in Smartphone Usage
Dear Participant

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

The study is being conducted by Yeslam Al-Saggaf and Sarah O'Donnell 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 . The survey questionnaire includes questions about your smartphone use habits, in addition to general questions relating to you as a person, including your fleeting feelings of boredom, loneliness, and fear of missing out.

2. Why have I been invited to participate in this study?

You have been invited to participate in this study because you are smartphone user.

In order to participate, you need to be 18 years and over.

3. What does this study involve?

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete this survey questionnaire which will take approximately 15 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 Employee Assistance Program on 1 300 361 008 and, 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 is funded by the Faculty of Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences.

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.

By progressing beyond this information statement, you are indicating your informed consent to participate in this study. If you decide to participate, you are free to discontinue participation at any time by closing your browser window or pressing CTRL+Q.

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.

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 Sarah O'Donnell
School of Computing and Mathematics
Charles Sturt University
Phone: 0448 181 042
Email: sarah.odonnell@hotmail.com

12. Who should I contact if I have concerns about the conduct of this study?

The Charles Sturt University 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 Human Research Ethics Committee
Office of Academic Governance
Charles Sturt University
Panorama Avenue Bathurst NSW 2795
Tel: (02) 6338 4628
Email: ethics@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.

I agree to participate in the survey.

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