Participants wanted (online): Smartphone usage and wellbeing during the pandemic

Layli Naghdy
Wednesday 30 September 2020

We are looking for participants to take part in a study about the relationship between Screen Time and emotional wellbeing during a time in which COVID-19 related restrictions have significantly altered daily life for most people. This study is being conducted as part of Layli Naghdy’s undergraduate research internship in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews.

Participation will be remote and will be facilitated using the online survey platform Qualtrics. Participants will be asked to share their objective usage data as recorded through Apple’s Screen Time feature. Participants will also be asked to provide some demographic information (age, gender, occupation, country of residence) and complete three questionnaires pertaining to their perceived smartphone usage and their experience of loneliness, depression and anxiety. Participation should take no longer than 30 minutes.

In exchange for participation, participants will be offered the opportunity to enter a prize draw for one of ten £20 Amazon vouchers.

Participants must be over 18 and must have an iPhone with Screen Time feature enabled for at least 2 weeks prior to participation (without any restrictions such as app limits or communication limits). In order to be eligible for analysis, participant’s Screen Time must only be recording the usage of their iPhone and cannot be shared across devices.

If you are interested, please use this link to access the Qualtrics survey. You will first be directed to the Participant Information Sheet which will provide further information about the study and you will have the opportunity to ask questions, before being asked to confirm whether or not you consent to participate.

Researcher: Layli Naghdy –

Supervisor: Barbara Dritschel –

Ethical approval code: PS14989

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