Is media multitasking and online risk taking in young adults linked to executive function?

University of Durham, Department of Psychology

You are invited to take part in a study that we are conducting as part of the British Psychology Society Research Assistant Scheme at Durham university during this summer. What is the purpose of the study? The aim of this study is to examine the direct impact of media multitasking on our executive function (often also considered cognitive control abilities i.e, one’s ability to focus their attention and make advantageous choices). Media multitasking is referred to as the individual engaging in media activities whilst engaging in non-media activities, such as text messaging while studying. This study is funded by the British Psychology Society Research Assistant Scheme. The data collection phase of this study will continue from 08/015/2020 to 12/10/2020 ideally. Why have I been invited to take part? This experiment is particularly interested in how young adults aged between 18 to 25 years differs in their cognitive abilities in relation to their level of media multitasking and tendency to engage in online risk-taking behaviours. Therefore, you have been invited because you fit the age criteria of this experiment. Do I have to take part? Your participation is voluntary, and you do not have to agree to take part. If you do agree to take part, you can withdraw at any time, without giving a reason. Your rights in relation to withdrawing any data that is identifiable to you are explained in the accompanying Privacy Notice.

Your Impact

Your result will provide cognitive and cyber psychology insight into how daily uses of media impact our cognitive functioning, which is the fundamental ability to perform everyday problem solving. This area has not yet been fully explored and due to this pandemic, the digitization of physical world is increasing at a rapid speed. Therefore, it is of great importance to understand how such digitization may impact our ability in real-life (e.g. corporal performances, academic achievement, etc.)

Eligibility Criteria


18 to 25 years old

Must have access to a computer/laptop

If using Mac, Please ensure that your Mac OS is 10.13 or above

Study Tasks

Series of Questionnaires on Emotion regulation
How often you use certain type of media
Your willingness to engage in online activities (i.e. the way you use social media), This includes examples of online risk behaviours (sharing embarrassing photos, publicly sharing one's current location, engaging in and sharing the videos of risky pranks and stunts
Two tasks measuring your attention and decision making in a card game


This study has been approved by the Department of Psychology Ethic Committee in University of Durham, UK on July 23rd of 2020.


Media Multitasking
Executive function
Cognitive function
Cognitive ability
Online risk taking

Activity and Time



Weekdays, Weeknights, Weekends, Overnight

40 minutes total, 1 session

You will be redirected to another site after completing the questionnaires to do the rest of the experiment. Thus, please do not close the tab immediately after you finish the online questionnaire. Thank you


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Study Address

This study doesn't require any in-person visits. Complete it in the comfort of your own home!

Posting date: Sep 16, 2020

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