Information for Participants

You are being invited to take part in our research project. Please carefully read the following information to understand why the research is being conducted and what will be involved in the process. Take your time before deciding if you would like to take part and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Title of project

An investigation into the relationships between personality, night-time social media use and sleep quality in first-year university students.

Contact information

Imogen Leadbetter, Heather Cleland-Woods,

Purpose of the project

The purpose of this research is to investigate the relationships between personality traits, night-time social media use and sleep quality in university students. The research aims to build on existing evidence that suggests night-time social media use can cause sleep difficulties, and that certain personality traits can predict night-time social media use.

Why have you been chosen?

We are particularly interested in first-year university students as much of the research on night-time social media use and sleep has been conducted on adolescents. Furthermore, the first year of university provides unique pressures to be using social media such as the desire to create new social groups while maintaining relationships at home.


You will be asked to complete three separate questionnaires; the Sleep Condition Indicator to measure your sleep quality, the Index of Night-time Distress to measure your night-time social media use, and the Big-5 Personality Inventory to assess levels of Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism.


The personality inventory questionnaires will be coded, and scores from the SCI and INOD will be calculated.
The information you provide is strictly confidential and will not be shared with any third parties. The results will be published in our report, but you will not be identified in the publication. We will handle your data in an online secure space approved by the University of Glasgow regulations. Your data will be destroyed once we have completed the report.

How will the research affect you?

We do not expect any negative impacts, distress or discomfort from taking part in this experiment. Whilst there will be no payment for your participation, your time will be greatly appreciated.

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