Thank you for your interest in the Diary Study. The study will be conducted online in its entirety, but it will only start on SUNDAY. You cannot begin before receiving our email on Sunday, containing further instructions and your unique subject ID number.

You will be receiving a daily diary email from us between 7 pm and 8 pm New York time starting on Sunday you have signed up for. We realize that in the COVID world we currently live in, many of you are learning remotely and living in many different time zones. However, given the nature of the data being collected (“reflection on your day”), it is essential that each of you compile the diary toward the end of your day. So, for those of you living in a time zone at least 4 hrs ahead than NYC (receiving the email around midnight your time), you should wait until the end of the next day to compile the diary. Conversely, for those of you living 3 or more hours behind (e.g., West Coast), you should wait until later that day to compile it.

***IF YOU DON’T RECEIVE AN EMAIL BY 8 PM on the SUNDAY YOU ARE SCHEDULE TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER. IF THE EMAIL IS NOT IN YOUR SPAM FOLDER, PLEASE REACH OUT to US by EMAILING sr.onlinediary@gmail.com OR fp2224@columbia.edu (the researcher).***

We anticipate that this study will take 60-70 minutes to complete, which is why we offered 3 credits. On average, participants spent 25 minutes to answer our surveys on the first night, then 10 minutes each of the following nights. On a related note, as a researcher, it is concerning when a participant completes a study much too quickly. It may suggest that they did not seriously complete the tasks and that their data may not be reliable. Bad data is a real problem for researchers. If you spend a considerably shorter amount of time (less than 50%) than the average participant to complete the study, we will adjust the credit(s) you are going to receive. I hope you understand our concerns. What we are asking is that you simply pay careful attention when completing this study.

  • Sunday between 7 and 8 pm (EST) ➙ you will receive an email containing instructions plus a link to a personality questionnaire AND a link to the 1st daily diary entry-questionnaire. The personality survey should take approximately 15 minutes, the 1st daily diary entry-questionnaire between 8 to 15 minutes.
  • Monday between 7 and 8 pm (EST) ➙ you will receive an email containing a link to the 2nd daily diary entry-questionnaire. The 2nd daily diary entry-questionnaire should take approximately between 8 to 15 minutes.
  • Tuesday between 7 and 8 pm (EST) ➙ you will receive an email containing a link to the 3rd daily diary entry-questionnaire. The 3rd daily diary entry-questionnaire should take approximately between 8 to 15 minutes.
  • Wednesday between 7 and 8 pm (EST) ➙ you will receive an email containing a link to the 4th daily diary entry-questionnaire. The 4th daily diary entry-questionnaire should take approximately between 8 to 15 minutes.
  • Thursday between 7 and 8 pm (EST) ➙ you will receive an email containing a link to the 5th diary entry-questionnaire. The 5th daily diary entry-questionnaire should take approximately between 8 to 15 minutes.

Once you have completed the 5th daily diary entry-questionnaire you’ll receive the debriefing for the study and the credits. You have to complete all six parts of this study on time in order to receive full credit. If you complete 5 or 4 parts out of the six required on time you will receive 2 credits, if you complete 3 or 2 parts on time you will receive only 1 credit, if you complete less than 2 parts on time you will receive no credit.

Thanks again for your interest in the study and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at sr.onlinediary@gmail.com.