Facebook frequency of use and activities survey questions

Posted by reyjunco on April 5, 2012 in Survey Design |

Facebook frequency and activity survey questionsI’ve had a lot of requests for permission to use my Facebook frequency of use and activities survey questions. I am happy to share these survey questions as long as they are cited as coming from :

Junco, R. (2012). The relationship between frequency of Facebook use, participation in Facebook activities, and student engagement. Computers & Education, 58(1), 162-171.

Facebook frequency – I use two different ways to measure frequency of use: 1) Average time spent on Facebook per day and 2) Number of times Facebook is checked per day. Note that if you are relating these to outcome measures, you will probably get different results for time and checking (there is more detail about this in this paper and this one). My reason for using a continuous measure of time spent on Facebook is simple. Using categorical measures (i.e., 1-2 hours, 3-4 hours, etc.) presupposes an underlying distribution in your data that may not actually exist. Plus, you can always convert a continuous variable to a categorical, but not vice-versa. I recognize that using such fine-grained options could be problematic; however, survey methods are the most efficient in collecting these data (stay tuned for one of my future projects that seeks to remedy the problems inherent in employing surveys to collect usage data). You might have noticed that the “time spent on” question is worded in a way to include more stems than just Facebook– I used a few additional stems (i.e., searching for information, email, etc.). Feel free to add your own.

Facebook activities – Because the types of Facebook activities change with the addition or deletion of features, I used a novel method to come up with these 14 items. I posted a public status update stating: ‘‘I need your help for my next research project. What are the things you do on Facebook?’’ The items submitted by 39 of my Facebook friends were collated and compiled into a non-overlapping list of 14 items. These 14 items were shared with two separate groups of undergraduate students for input, revised and posted on Facebook for further comments. All of the items from the original list were kept, and most of them were edited for clarity and relevance.

You can download a pdf of the questions here. If you end up using these questions in your own research, please send me an email and let me know. You may also be interested in my colleague, Nicole Ellison’s Facebook Intensity Scale.

Junco Facebook Survey 2012

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  • Alex Sacramento

    hi sir have a nice day.. im a 4th yr BS-Psychology students in Brokenshire College of Socksargen, Inc. General Santos City Philippines we are conducting a research study entitled “FACEBOOK AND ITS EFFECT ON SELF-ESTEEM” i would like to ask your JUNCO FB SURVEY 2012 questionaire that we will be using if it is already validated or need to be validated? because our adviser wants to clarify it so that we can start to conduct w/in this month because this is very useful in our research study. it is very co-incidents that our panels change our SOP and title from ” USING SNS and level of self-esteem” to “FACEBOOK AND ITS EFFECT ON SELF-ESTEEM” .. i am looking forward for your response Sir.. Thank you and God bless =)

  • Debbie

    This is great! How do I go about coding the data for the FB activities questionnaire?

  • Ren G

    Oh! You are the best! you saved my group from getting a failing grade

  • You’re welcome. I’d love to know how I saved you. Do tell!

  • Ren G

    I just got a lot of ideas from this blog. (Is this a blog? Haha.)

  • sumeyyeblz

    I need that scale for my psychology research in my thesis How I can get it from you I would be so glad ıf you could help me out on that thanking you in advance

  • Yoi Lofranco

    Good day sir! May I ask you if you have questionnaires about facebook usage of the college students? We are studying about Facebook Usage in relation to the students’ academic performance. Your reply will be of great help in our undergrad thesis. thank you and God bless!

  • AIZA

    Good day sir, I am a psyvhology student and I want to ask your questionnaire to be used in my study.

  • Aiza

    Hi sir, i ask your permission to let me use your questionnaires to bw used in my study. I am a psychologist and currently conducting my research.

  • Megane Shoujo

    Hello sir!!! I sent an email to you! Me and my team are planning to use your questionnaire for our study^^

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