Anonymous Research Questionnaire: Questions

In order to collate more primary research, I have produced a questionnaire titled, “self-perception and body image within the beauty and fashion industries”. The aim of this questionnaire is to help work towards understanding, if and how magazines and social media, affect self-perception and body image issues across 18-24 year olds.

By producing a questionnaire, this allows for anonymous participants to share their thoughts regarding such topics, in order to affirm or negate my other research and methodologies undertaken to take, whilst gaining a different perspective which can be used in my dissertation.

The questionnaire was written in line with the LCA Ethics Policy, whilst being checked by the Ethics Committee, prior to being distributed.

The questionnaire was available to complete online anonymously for 1 month.

This is also working towards the following objectives:

1. To understand the ways in which Social Media and Magazines can affect self-perceptions and issues:

A) With body image (Females, 18-24)

B) With body image on a cross-cultural scale (Females, 18-24; Tokyo, Japan).

3.  To work with and interview those both actively working in the Fashion and Beauty Industries, and those on a consumer/follower/user basis, to compare behaviours and perspectives in relation to body image and self-perceptions.

Distribution:

  • Social Media: Instagram and Facebook, targeting 18-24 year old females and males, active within the beauty/fashion industry, as well as those who are interested in such industries. By promoting the questionnaire on social media this also allowed for an International, cross-cultural audience to be open to responding gaining a wider range of results to analyse and compare.
  • Circulated by my contacts in Tokyo, Japan, prior to my research trip, to allow for Japanese 18-24 year olds to participate in the questionnaire.
  • Universities in the UK with both British and Japanese students (discussed in Semester 1 and in my Professional Context report). However, unfortunately I have not heard back from those whom I had contacted.
  • Leeds College of Art Fashion Programmes (the following message was circulated, complying with the LCA Ethics Policy, whilst ensuring information was given to all regarding the subject and nature of the questionnaire, and what will be done with the anonymous results).

“Hi all,

I am a Fashion and Beauty-led Graphic Designer, and I am currently studying on the MA Creative Practice course.

I would like to invite you to participate in a research project building primary data for analysis surrounding my research question. I am interested in speaking with both males and females between the ages of 18 to 24, in order to gain understanding about how  magazines and social media, may or may not affect ones self-perception and perceived body image.

I am currently looking for participants to complete a short questionnaire, compiling data which can be utilised in my dissertation.

The research will be analysed as data and summarised in comparison to other studies and theories alike to aid this.

If you agree to take part, all responses will be kept confidential and anonymous. No name is required, however an email address can be left if you would like to do so.

Your participation is voluntary and you are in no way obliged to take part. You have been selected and contacted due to your active involvement in the Fashion Industry, with a view to that you may be interested in taking part.

If you are interested in taking part please click the below link to access the questionnaire:

https://surveyplanet.com/587561aabd736a23d9be24bd

Many thanks for your time, it is greatly appreciated.

Danielle Muntyan

MA Creative Practice”

 

Questionnaire:

Self-Perception and Body Image within the Beauty and Fashion Industries
Thankyou for taking the time to participate in this questionnaire.   PLEASE NOTE: Your name will not be used at all through design work or academic writing. Your responses may be read by a tutor or external examiner during assessment, but this will be confidential.  The aim of this questionnaire is to help work towards understanding, if and how magazines and social media, affect self-perception and body image issues across 18-24 year olds.

  1. What is your age?

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

I prefer not to answer

 

  1. Please select your gender:

Male

Female

I prefer not to answer

 

  1. What is your occupation?

(open)

 

  1. How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 in regards to your appearance?

1 – 10 (scale)

 

  1. What platforms of social media do you use?

(multiple choice – different platforms)

 

  1. During an average day how many times do you visit social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram?

0 – 20 (scale)

 

  1. During an average day how many hours do you spend on social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram?

(multiple choice – increments of hour from 0 to 4+ hours)

 

  1. What do you mainly use social media for?

(multiple choice)

 

  1. If you use Instagram, what types of account do you follow?

(multiple choice of categories, i.e. family/friends, celebrity, fitness bloggers)

 

  1. If you use Instagram, please give an example of 5 of your favourite Instagram accounts that you follow. If you do not use Instagram please state, ‘do not use’ and skip.

(open)

 

  1. If you post photos on Instagram, or other platforms of Social Media such as Facebook, do you edit them to ‘improve’ your appearance?

Yes

No

I prefer not to say

 

  1. If yes, please state with what application (i.e. Beauty Plus) or method (Filter), and why you do so.

(open)

 

  1. Do you read magazines?

Yes

No

Sometimes

 

  1. If yes, please select which magazines you read. If no, please select None and skip.

(multiple choice – list of magazines)

 

  1. Do you have a gym membership?

Yes

No

 

  1. How often do you go to the gym/exercise?

(multiple choice)

 

  1. Do you have a role model you aspire to ‘look like’ or ‘be like’, if so, whom and why?

If no, please state ‘no’ and skip.

(open)

 

  1. Do you watch makeup or beauty tutorials on YouTube or Instagram?

Yes

No

 

  1. Do you feel that social media has affected your self-perception and body image?

Yes

No

Not Sure

 

  1. If yes, why do you feel that social media has affected your self-perception and body image?

If no, please state ‘no’ and skip.

(open)

 

  1. Do you feel that magazines have affected your self-perception and body image?

Yes

No

Not Sure

 

  1. If yes, why do you feel that magazines have affected your self-perception and body image?

If no, please state ‘no’ and skip.

(open)

 

  1. How do you feel about the following statement, ‘social media and magazines encourage negative and comparative behaviours at times, which can impact on self-perception and body image issues’?

(open)

 

  1. Do you feel that beauty and fashion bloggers are a positive or negative influence on self-perception and body image? And, why?

(open)

 

  1. Have you ever changed your image, or ‘look’ purposefully as a result of influence or content from social media or a magazine? i.e. celebrity diet, cosmetic surgery, makeup regime. If so, what and why?

If no, please state ‘no’ and skip.

(open)

 

  1. Do you feel that ‘celebrity culture’, influences our self-perceptions and body image? If so, how?

If no, please state ‘no’.

(open)

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