Survey of Social and Computer Issues
Psychology 314
Haverford College

This survey is part of a study of social relations and Internet use being conducted by students at Haverford College. The data collected here will form part of an exercise in youth and media for a lab course in the "Psychology of Adolescence" this semester. Your answers to this survey will form part of a statistical study and will not identify you as an individual. The survey will inquire about topics on friendship, computer use, and personal values. If you feel uncomfortable answering any of the questions, you may skip them, or discontinue participation completely. (A 'reset' button at the end of the survey is provided if you choose not to continue.)

Sex: Male Female
Age: years

What is your current level of schooling?

Less than high school/baccalaureate
Finished high school/baccalaureate but not university
Finished university

How large is your current school?

0-500 students
500-1000 students
1000-2000 students
2000+ students

Place of current residence:

United States
Morocco
Other--please specify here


Desired Friendship Qualities

Please rate how you feel about the importance of the following characteristics in your friends, from very important to not at all important.

Very important

Important

Neutral/
no opinion

Unimportant

Not at all important

Loyalty

Trust

Religion
Humor
Acceptance

Similar values/beliefs

Similar Age
Similar Income/class
Similar Personality

How would you describe your current best friend?

What is the worst thing your best friend could do to you?


Gender and Friendship

About how many close friends do you have now (round number)?
Are your close friends now mostly the same gender/sex as yourself or different?
What do you usually discuss with your close friends face-to-face?

never

rarely

sometimes

often

always

local/world news

personal/daily events
media (TV, movies, magazines, etc.)
personal issues (dating, sex, feeling)
family
school/intellectual interests
sports

What do you usually discuss with your close friends online (chat/IM/email)?

never

rarely

sometimes

often

always

local/world news

personal/daily events
media (TV, movies, magazines, etc.)
personal issues (dating, sex, feeling)
family
school/intellectual interests
sports

How are most of your close friendships with people in the same school maintained ?

First hand contact
Phone
Email
Instant Messaging

How are most of your close friendships from out of school/off campus maintained?

First hand contact
Phone
Email
Instant Messaging

How have your friendships changed as you have grown older?


Family

Are your parents married separated divorced?
Are you the oldest middle youngest only child?
How many siblings (including step-siblings) are in your family?
How has your relationship with your mother changed in the past several years?
How has your relationship with your father changed in the past several years?
How would you describe your family, compared to the families of your friends?


Computer and Internet Use

How many hours each week do you spend using a computer?

How many hours each week do you spend chatting online or writing and reading email?

If you now use IM or some other chat service, please complete the section below.

How long have you used some kind of IM?
How many handles/screen names do you have (round number)?
How many people do you have on your "buddy list (round number)?"
How many of those people do you chat with regularly (round number)?
For how long each day are you signed on to IM?
For how long per day are you actively using IM to chat?
On average, how long is your typical IM conversation? minutes

Please rate how you feel about the following statements, from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

strongly
disagree

disagree

neutral/
no opinion

agree

strongly
agree

I have kept in contact with people I wouldn't have if not for IM.

I feel I have overall been more social than I would be if I did not use IM.

I feel that I am more connected with the outside world when I am signed onto IM.

There are people I only communicate with on IM, never in person.

I have more contact with real-life friends who use the same IM service I do than with those who do not.

Do you regularly use other Internet resources for social contact (personal blog, Friendster, Myspace, etc.)?
Yes No
If so, please list them here


Story Task

To finish this survey, please look at the picture at the left and make up a short story about what's happening. Tell what led up to moment pictured, say what's happening now and what the two people are thinking and feeling, and describe what will be the outcome.

 

 

 


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