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What data will be used?

Data donation: When donating your interaction data, we extract metadata (e.g. length and timestamp of message as well as pseudonyms of conversation participants) and no actual contents (e.g. message text or name of message sender). To ensure that, we anonymize your data client-side, meaning that your private data is anonymized locally and does not leave your device. This means that we will never see the content of your conversations. Before uploading, we will show you a preview of the data so that you can verify it is sufficiently anonymous.

Questionnaires: After donating your anonymized data, we will ask you to fill out several questionnaires. The first will focus on your demographic information. Afterwards, you will receive two more questionnaires focusing on your emotional experiences and your social interactions. Following that, we would like you to fill out another questionnaire addressing constant characteristics of your personality as well as your psychological resilience. These surveys will all take place anonymously, using SoSci Survey.

Figure 3. Example of an anonymized message.

External Assessment: If you decide to include the assessement of a friend in addition to your own, you will enable us to get more precise data. After you have completed the study, you will receive a link with a code which you may pass on to a friend of your choice. By using this code, your friend can evaluate his/her perception of your social embeddedness, mental resilience as well as constant characteristics of your personality. The code will be used to merge both data sets after the external assessment is completed. After merging, the code will be deleted to ensure complete anonymization. At the latest, this will happen after data evaluation has occurred. Your donated data or completed questionnaires will at no point be visible to your friend.

What happens to my data?

Since we are not collecting any names or other person-specific information, we will not be able to associate you with your data once the study has been completed - the donated data is anonymous. This means that your data cannot be deleted on request.

The data and results of this study will be published in scientific journals. The published data will be anonymous, meaning that individuals cannot be identified. The fully anonymized data will be uploaded to a research data repository and qualified scientists will be granted access.