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STUDY BASICS

Are you 18 years old and enrolled in high school? Do you own an Android smartphone and use social media? If so, you may be able to take part in an online research study to help better understand how social media use affects sleep and mood in teenagers. Compensation provided.


STUDY PURPOSE

Many teenagers use social media sites such as Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to connect with others and share content. Studies have shown that social media use can play a role in the development of sleep problems in teens, but researchers do not fully understand this relationship.

The purpose of the research study is to better understand how social media use affects sleep and mood in teenagers. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better ways to identify and prevent mood disorders in teens in the future.


COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
  • Age 18
  • Enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12
  • Own and use an Android smartphone
  • Use smartphone to access at least one social media account (ex., Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Willing to wear a wrist-watch like device to track activity for 1 month
  • Willing to download app on phone to track phone and activity for one month

WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

This study involves an initial online study assessment that will take 1-2 hours; a one-month home-based assessment of social media use, sleep, and mood collected via smartphone; and a 1-hour online follow-up assessment 4-8 weeks after the first study visit. No in-person visits are required.


IRB:
  STUDY19050246B - Using Smartphones to Understand Social Media Use and Sleep among Adolescents



Age Range
AGE:   18

Duration DURATION:  Up to 8 weeks
VISITS:  No in-person visits

Location LOCATION: 
Online only
Compensation COMPENSATION: 

Up to $125

Phone Number PHONE NUMBER:
1-866-438-8230
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Jessica Hamilton

Jessica Hamilton, PhD, is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. A graduate of Temple University, Dr. Hamilton’s research interests include identifying who and when adolescents are at risk for depression and suicide, focused on understanding the impact of social media and sleep.




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