Participant Information Sheet

Project Title
Tinder Tourism and Travellers’ Use of Location-Based Social Apps

Project Summary
The research investigates the use of location-based mobile social applications (e.g., Tinder) during travel; and how such applications mediate travel experiences.

How is the study being paid for?
The study is being sponsored by the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University.

What will I be asked to do?
Participation in the project involves accessing and responding to an online questionnaire.

How much of my time will I need to give?
The online questionnaire takes around 10-15 minutes.

What specific benefits will I receive for participating?
There are no specific benefits of taking part in the study except for your contribution to knowledge on this topic.

Will the study involve any discomfort for me? If so, what will you do to rectify it?
The study received clearance by the Western Sydney University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, and is not understood to involve discomfort.

How do you intend to publish the results?
Only the researchers will have access to the raw data you provide. Research findings will be published in academic journals, books, select media sources and presented at academic conferences. Please note that the minimum retention period for data collection is five years.

Can I withdraw from the study?
Participation is entirely voluntary and you are not obliged to be involved. If you do participate, you can withdraw at any time without giving a reason. If you choose to withdraw, any information that you have supplied will be securely disposed of and will not be considered for data collection or analysis.

Can I tell other people about the study?
Yes, you can tell other people about the study and provide them with the details of the TinDA Project website (www.tindaproject.com) and social media links.

Data storage
There are a number of government initiatives in place to centrally store research data and to make it available for further research. For more information, see www.ands.org.au and www.rdsi.uq.edu.au/about. Any data supplied will be stored securely.

What if I require further information?
Please contact Dr Garth Lean and Dr Jenna Condie should you wish to discuss the research further before deciding whether or not to participate.

What if I have a complaint?
This study has been approved by Western Sydney University’s Human Research Ethics Committee. The Approval number is: H11488. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee through the Office of Research Services on Tel +61 2 4736 0229 Fax +61 2 4736 0013 or email: humanethics@uws.edu.au. Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully, and you will be informed of the outcome.

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