Reddit Research Study

We are studying how different people use Reddit.  You may have received a message from us inviting you to participate in our research study. This website is intended to help you learn more about it.

Who are you?

We are researchers at Vassar College in New York, USA. The lead researcher is Allan Clifton, associate professor in the Psychological Science department. The other researchers are undergraduate students in the Psychological Science department.

What is the research about?

This research study is looking at how people use Reddit, and how that relates to their personalities and interests offline. We are particularly interested in how social interactions on Reddit relate to your offline relationships.

What kinds of questions will I be asked?

All of the questions will be through an online survey. Some of the questions are about your experience of Reddit. For example, how much time you spend on Reddit, what your favorite subreddits are, and what you enjoy about Reddit.

Other questions are about you as a person, for example, demographics like your ethnicity and gender. There will also be questions about your personality and your experience of anxiety and depression.

Finally, there will be questions about your offline relationships. We will ask you to think about people that you interact with offline, and what those interactions mean to you.

How long will it take?

The entire survey is expected to take about 30-45 minutes.

Will I be paid?

Yes! If you participate in the study, we will send you a $10 (USD) Amazon gift card within 3 days of the completion of your survey.

How will this information be used? Can I be identified?

All information you provide us will be anonymous and confidential. Although your data will be linked to your Reddit user name, we will not ask for your real name or for any other information that could be used to identify you offline. Any information you provide us will be combined with other people’s data before publication in academic articles; your individual responses will never be made public. None of the information we collect will be shared with Reddit or any other corporate interests- the data will be used purely for academic research.

I have more questions!

We would be happy to answer any questions you have. You can direct message us on Reddit at /u/RedditResearchVassar. Or, use the contact form below to send us a message.