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Social Media Study

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


We are collecting digital data in an effort to better understand and predict mental illness. In order to do this, we are collecting data from both healthy people and people with mental illness. The study involves completing a brief phone interview, requesting your digital archive (we will tell you how) from Google (plus Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, if you use them!) and then uploading the archive to our secure website. You will repeat this process once a month for up to 12 months. The entire study can be done from your home.


Behavior, Mental Health





18 - 45 years


Study Population

In the overall study, we plan to recruit 200 participants with psychosis, 200 participants with non-psychotic mood, 200 participants with primary substance use disorders, 200 family members of participants with psychosis, 200 family members of participants with mood disorder, and 200 healthy controls in order to identify online activity associated with emerging psychotic symptoms. The focus of data collection at UNC will be the healthy control participants.


Eric Youngstrom
Psychology and Neuroscience

For questions, contact:

Anna Van Meter

Recruitment Period End

April 1, 2019


Primary Location

Study Qualifications

Gender Any

Age Range 18 - 45 years

Participant qualification(s) Must have a Google account. Must not have a past or current mental health disorder diagnosis.

Not eligible if: History of intellectual disability, or autism spectrum disorder. No Social Media or Google account or forgotten ID and password that cannot be recovered. Social Media or Google account not in English Language.

Number of Visits

    » 0 In person visit(s)

    » 12 Remote visit(s)

    Monthly phone calls, plus online interactions

Participation Period

up to one hour per month


At the baseline appointment you will earn a $20 Amazon gift card for Google archive and $10 Amazon gift card each for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You will earn $20 total for each follow-up appointment.

By clicking I am interested, your contact information will be sent to the researcher/study coordinator for this study. The coordinator will respond by email with additional information on how to proceed.