online survey recruiting

In conducting some recent studies, I’ve been looking for public venues on the web to recruit participants for online surveys. Here are just a few sites that seem to be current and well-maintained. More importantly, you can submit your (ethically approved) online surveys here for free. If anybody knows other good resources/sites, please let us all know!

Participants needed for study on academics’ use of social media!

Attention fellow academics:

Are you an academic who uses ResearchGate or other social media? Please take our survey & help us learn about the role of social media in academia! You can be from any field/discipline (grad students, postdocs, and professors alike can participate). You can also participate if you don’t use ResearchGate. Please help us share the link too!

Thanks for your interest and help!

Study link:

Call for papers: “Social Media and Social Capital”

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Social media allow individuals to very easily connect and exchange information with as many (or as few) others as desired. Importantly, the people we connect and share with can be very well known others (e.g., close friends and relatives), people we know less (e.g., acquaintances we see from time to time), or even people we don’t really know or have never actually met face-to-face. Thus, an important question is how the strength of these connections influences what types of information we seek from and share with others, and what the underlying processes are. Traditional research on social capital has shown the benefits people can get from their social networks; strong ties provide us with emotional support, and weak ties provide us with non-redundant information. These assumptions might no longer hold true on social media where different contexts and audiences collapse and individuals tend to have much broader connections.

This special issue will bring together papers that focus on generating a current understanding about: 1) the benefits people seek and receive from their social media networks (i.e., information, knowledge, and/or emotional support) 2) how tie strength influences which benefits people receive; and 3) the underlying processes, especially the role of (self-related) self-disclosure.

We particularly seek papers that are theory driven and demonstrate underlying processes, including moderating and mediating variables, that can explain more directly how social tie strength relates to social capital (what people can obtain from their connections) and disclosure (what people share with their connections). Moreover, because much research on social media is focused on Facebook use by American students, we especially encourage contributions from other countries and on different social media platforms. Contributions are invited from all disciplines including psychology, media studies, communication science, and sociology. Please visit the link below for the full call.

Dr. Sonja Utz
Dr. Nicole Muscanell
Guest Editors

Social Media and Social Capital Call, Click Here

America’s Mood Map: An Interactive Guide to the United States of Attitude

Dr. Nicole Muscanell:

Supposedly, I belong in Georgia…

Originally posted on Science & Space:

For a country that features the word United so prominently in its name, the U.S. is a pretty fractious place. We splinter along fault lines of income, education, religion, race, hyphenated origin, age and politics. Then too there’s temperament. We’re coarse or courtly, traditionalist or rebel, amped up or laid-back. And it’s no secret that a lot of that seems to be determined by — or at least associated with — where we live.

Now a multinational team of researchers led by psychologist and American expat Jason Rentfrow of the University of Cambridge in the U.K. has sought to draw the regional lines more clearly, literally mapping the American mood, with state-by-state ratings of personality and temperament.

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According to the study, the winners (or losers, depending on how you view these things) were in some cases surprising and in some not at all. The top scorers on extroversion were…

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It’s a-OK to post gore on Facebook…

As long as it’s being condemned, not celebrated. It is unclear as to what actually constitutes “gore”, other than “decapitation videos” (see MSN News article below). As someone who appreciates horror film, I occasionally share horror stills, trailers, and clips via my social media accounts. Some of this could potentially be classified as gore, and gore that is celebrated at that (yes, if I share a clip from the Exorcist or the Shining it’s probably adequate to call this an act of celebration — they’re both spectacular films!). Should there be a Facebook ban on gory content? Eh, I probably lean towards less censorship. But, I am really interested in knowing more explicitly (in the eyes of Facebook) , how is gore classified and what are acts of celebration vs. condemnation? Does a “like” equate to being a celebratory act? Perhaps not since FB likes are now protected by the first amendment (see NYTimes article below).


Check out the articles:

FB lifts ban on Gore

NYTimes – Facebook “Likes” are free speech