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2015 Youth Survey

Research Information Division


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Q1 Dear <Jane Doe>,


Thank you for participating in this survey about how you use media in your life.
You are not required to answer any question, and you may stop the survey at any time.
We expect this survey to take about 20-30 minutes to complete. Please answer as honestly as
possible.
Sincerely,
Brian D. Harris
Research Information Division
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
harrisbd@ldschurch.org
1-800-453-3860, ext. 22727

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Q2 For each of the following devices, please indicate whether you personally own one or if your
family owns one.
Select all that apply.
I have my own

My family has one that I can


use whenever I want

Smartphone

Basic cell phone (not a


smartphone)

Desktop computer

Laptop computer

Tablet

Portable audio player (e.g.,


iPod)

Gaming console

Media streaming device or


Smart TV (e.g., Roku, Apple
TV)

eBook reader (e.g., Kindle,


Nook)

Q3 How often do you use the following social networking sites or media?
Never or
rarely

About weekly

About once a
day

Multiple times
a day

Almost
constantly

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Instagram

Google+

Tumblr

Vine

Other (please
specify)

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Q4 Do you have any of these online accounts?


Yes, I have my own
account

No, but I use the


account of a parent or
other family member

No, I don't use any


account

Email

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

iTunes

Spotify

Pandora

Netflix

Amazon

Google

Hulu Plus

Q5 How often do you use social networking websites or apps (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
on the following devices?
Never

Less than
once a
week

About
weekly

About once
a day

Multiple
times a day

Almost
constantly

On a
smartphone

On a tablet

On any
other
device
(e.g.,
computer)

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Q6 Are you male or female?


Male
Female
Prefer not to answer

Q7 What is your race or ethnicity?


Select all that apply.
White
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native
Asian or Filipino
Hispanic or Latino
Some other race
Prefer not to answer

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Q8 How often do you typically attend LDS church meetings on Sundays?


Never
Less than once a month
About once a month
2-3 times a month
Almost every week
Q9 If it was totally up to you, how often would you attend LDS church meetings on Sunday?
Never
Less than once a month
About once a month
2-3 times a month
Almost every week

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Q10 How often do you typically attend LDS youth activities (e.g., mutual, Scouts) during the
week (not on Sundays)?
Never
Less than once a month
About once a month
2-3 times a month
Almost every week
Q11 If was totally up to you, how often would you attend LDS youth activities (e.g., mutual,
Scouts) during the week (not on Sundays)?
Never
Less than once a Month
About once a Month
2-3 times a month
Almost every week

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Q12 How often do you typically attend LDS seminary (during the school year)?
Never
Less than once a week
About once a week
2-3 times a week
Almost every day
Not applicable - I'm not old enough or haven't had an opportunity to attend
Q13 When you attend seminary, is it early morning or during the school day?
Early morning
During the school day
Something else (explain) ____________________
Q14 If was totally up to you, how often would you attend LDS seminary (during the school
year)?
Never
Less than once a week
About once a week
2-3 times a week
Almost every day
Not applicable - I'm not old enough or haven't had an opportunity to attend

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Q15 What is the highest level of education that your father has completed?
Less than high school diploma
High school graduate
Technical/vocational or business degree or certificate
Some college, no degree
Associate degree
College graduate
Masters, Doctorate, or other professional degree (JD, MBA, PhD, etc.)
Don't know
Q16 What is the highest level of education that your mother has completed?
Less than high school diploma
High school graduate
Technical/vocational or business degree or certificate
Some college, no degree
Associate degree
College graduate
Masters, Doctorate, or other professional degree (JD, MBA, PhD, etc.)
Don't know

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Q17 Are any of the following ever problems when you are using technology?
Not a problem
at all

A small
problem

A major
problem

Slow internet speed

Data plan usage limits (by data carrier)

Parental rules about technology use

Parental controls (e.g., built-in time


limits on the device)

Q18 In the past 7 days, how much time did you spend each day watching TV, watching videos,
using the internet for entertainment, or playing video games?
None

An hour or two

Three to six
hours

More than six


hours

On a typical
weekday(Monday
through Friday)

On Saturday

On Sunday

Q19 How often do you read or send messages through the following media?
Never or
rarely

About
weekly

About
once a
day

Several
times a
day

Almost
constantly

Text messages

Facebook Messenger (app


or online)

Email

Snapchat

Other messaging service


(please specify)

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Q20 Please rate the importance to you of the following activities.


Not at all
important

Somewhat
important

Very
important

Messaging (texting, Snapping,


Skype, email, etc.)

Listening to music

Watching videos

Using social media (e.g., browsing


or sharing on Facebook,
Instagram, etc.)

Playing games

Browsing the Internet (other than


social media)

Q21 In the last 2 months, how often have you personally used the internet for any of the
following activities? (Select all that apply)
Never
or
rarely

About
weekly

About
once
a day

Several
times a
day

Almost
constantly

Messaging (texting, Snapping,


Skype, email, etc.)

Listening to music

Watching videos

Using social media (e.g., browsing


or sharing on Facebook, Instagram,
etc.)

Playing games

Browsing the Internet (other than


social media)

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Q22 For each LDS Church resource listed below, which format (paper or digital) do you use the
most?
Paper

Digital

Both paper and


digital equally

I do not use this

Scriptures

Church
magazines (e.g.,
The New Era)

Q23 Which of the following electronic devices do you typically take with you . . . Select all that
apply, whether or not you use the device when you take it with you.
to church on
Sundays?

to mutual?

to seminary?

to family
scripture study
or family home
evening?

Smartphone

Tablet

eBook reader

MP3 player

Laptopor
notebook

Other device
(please specify)

None of these

Does not apply

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Q24 If you had questions about a difficult subject (such as same-sex marriage, abuse, divorce,
etc.), to which of the following would you turn for answers?
Definitely
would
NOT

Probably
would
NOT

Might

Probably
would

Definitely
Would

Not
applicable

Mother (or step-mother)

Father (or step-father)

Sibling

Other relative

Friend

Social media (e.g.,


Facebook, etc.)

Youth leader from


church

Member of the bishopric

Seminary teacher

Church website (e.g.,


LDS.org, Mormon.org)

Google or other website

Other (please specify)

Q25 Of all the friends you are connected to on social media, about how many do you think are
LDS?
None or very few
Some
Many
Most
All or almost all
I don't use social media
Q26 Please list up to five apps produced by the LDS Church that you use most often.
LDS App #1 ___________
LDS App #2 ___________
LDS App #3 ___________
LDS App #4 ___________
LDS App #5 ___________

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Q27 Which of the following LDS Church social networking sites have you used, followed, or
liked?
Please select the answer that most closely matches your experience.
I have used it

I know about it,


but I haven't used it

I don't know about it

LDS Church
Facebook

Mormon Channel
Facebook

LDS Youth Facebook

Mormon Channel
YouTube

LDS Youth YouTube

LDS Church Twitter

LDS Church Pinterest

LDS Church
Instagram

LDS Youth Instagram

Q28 When do you use Church websites and apps?


Select all that apply.
Preparing for a church lesson or talk
Preparing for or participating in family home evening
Seeing what's new
Participating in seminary
Participating at church
Studying on my own
Studying with my family
Sharing the gospel with a friend or relative
Looking for something inspirational
Looking for answers to questions
When I'm bored on Sundays
Doing family history work or indexing
Looking for a phone number or email address
I don't use Church websites or apps

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Q29 In the past 2 months, which of the following websites and applications have you used to
view or connect to LDS Church videos?
Select all that apply. Do not count videos seen at church or in seminary.
LDS.org
MormonChannel.org
Mormon Channel App
YouTube
Social networking site (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Mormon.org
Bible Videos App
Mormonnewsroom.org
Gospel Library App
Other, please specify ____________________
I don't watch LDS Church videos
Q30 In the past 2 months, have you used any of the following devices to access LDS Church
videos?
Select all that apply.
Laptop or desktop computer
Smartphone
Tablet
Media streaming device or Smart TV
Game console
Television or DVD player
Other (please specify) ____________________

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Q31 Which of the following topics would you


like to see more of on LDS websites and
apps?
Select all that apply.
The entire list will not be displayed; a
random subset of 15 choices will be
displayed to each respondent.

Abuse
Answers to common questions
Application of principles to real life
Being a friend
Bullying
Chastity
Choosing good friends
Core Church beliefs
Church history
Church leaders
Coping with loss and grief
Current social issues
Dating and relationships
Dealing with doubts
Defending faith with love
Depression or anxiety
Dress and grooming
Duty to God
Family History
Gaining a personal testimony
Getting along with my family

Inspiration or motivation
Jesus Christ
Marriage
Missions
Overcoming peer pressure or temptation
Patriarchal blessings
Personal Progress
Pornography or addictions
Recognizing the Spirit or revelation
Religious freedom
Repentance
Same-sex attraction
Scouts
Scripture study ideas
Self-esteem
Seminary
Sharing the gospel
Standards of behavior
Talking to parents about difficult or
awkward topics
The Restoration of the Gospel
Understanding the Atonement
Using technology righteously
Women in the Church
Worthiness
Youth activities
Other (please specify)
____________________
None of the above

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Q32 What would you like to see on LDS Church websites and apps?
Be as specific as you can. (300 character max.)
Q33 Does anyone in your home subscribe to The New Era magazine (paper copy)?
No
Yes
Don't know

Q34 The New Era is issued once every month. In the past year, about how many issues of The
New Era did you read any part of?
Include print versions and any digital versions.
None of them
Fewer than half of them
About half of them
More than half of them
All of them

Q35 Think of the last time you saw The New Era. About how much of the magazine did you
read?
Include print versions and any digital versions.
None of it
Less than half of it
About half of it
More than half of it
All of it

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Q36 Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements.
Strongly
disagree

Disagree

Neither
agree nor
disagree

Agree

Strongly
agree

I enjoy being alone with


my thoughts.

If I had to wait
somewhere, I would
rather meet new people
than play on a phone.

I would rather talk to my


friends in person than
through technology.

I like to participate in
sports or other physical
activities.

I post things on social


media so that I can get
feedback from others.

I like getting a lot of


feedback on social
media (comments and
likes, etc.)

I always know why I am


getting online.

I like learning about


things that are going on
in the world.

Q37 Click and drag the slider to the position that you feel best represents how well each
statement describes you.
Answer choices range from This does not describe me at all to This describes me very well.
______ When I watch a video online, I usually look for it specifically (rather than finding it by
chance).
______ When I watch a video online, I usually watch it because I'm bored.
______ When I watch a video online, it is usually because I want to learn something.
______ When I watch a video online, it is usually because someone has shared it with me.

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Q38 Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements.
Strongly
disagree

Disagree

Neither
agree nor
disagree

Agree

Strongly
agree

I use technology as a
way to keep in touch
with people.

I use social media to


get to know people
better.

I actively choose what I


watch, listen to, or read.

I get distracted when


I'm using the internet.

I enjoy reading.

I read at least one


magazine regularly.

I read anything that is


left on the table at
home.

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Q39 Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements.
Strongly
disagree

Disagree

Neither
agree
nor
disagree

Agree

Strongly
agree

I tend to use media more


when I'm stressed.

I tend to distract myself


from problems I have in
my life.

I sometimes use social


media (including texting)
just to kill time.

I use social media as a


way to form opinions about
things.

My opinions about things


are influenced by what I
read or see online.

I use the things I read,


listen to, and watch to
define who I am.

I use media to strengthen


my opinions about things
that I already believe.

I like to use several


different types of media
(e.g., music, social media,
videos) at the same time.

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Q40 Many youth in the Church have thought about whether the Church is right for them. Read
each item and indicate to what degree it reflects your own thoughts and feelings. If a statement
has more than one part, please indicate your reaction to the statement as a whole.
Strongly
disagree

Somewhat
disagree

Somewhat
agree

Strongly
agree

It's important to find out for


myself what I believe.

I have had to think hard


about what I believe in.

I leave most decisions about


my religion to my parents.

When it comes to religion, I


know what I believe.

I'm interested in religion


right now.

I'm still making up my mind


about what I believe.

It's important for me not to


question my religious
beliefs.

I haven't found a religion


that I really like.

I have never really


questioned the things I
believe.

I'm not sure what religion


means to me.

When it comes to religion, I


mostly just believe what my
parents taught me.

I feel confident that the


things I believe are true.

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Q41 Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements.
Strongly
disagree

Disagree

Neither
Agree nor
Disagree

Agree

Strongly
Agree

Being recognized as
a good member of
the LDS Church is
important to me.

Keeping up with
current events in the
LDS Church is
important to me.

Receiving positive
feedback from
members of the LDS
Church is important
to me.

Q42 How much do you enjoy attending each of the following?


Not at all

A little

Some

A lot

Not
applicable

Sunday School class

Young Women class

Aaronic Priesthood
quorum meeting (on
Sundays)

Mutual activities

Scouting activities

Family Home
Evening

Seminary

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Note: For Q43 Q47, only two questions will be displayed, at random.
Q43 Imagine that the Church is getting ready to produce a message for youth about the doctrine
of the Atonement. In what format would you prefer to receive a message on this topic?
Text only (e.g., an article)
Image (e.g., a picture or meme)
Music (e.g., an EFY song)
Spoken word (e.g., a podcast, talk)
A video with actors (e.g., a dramatization)
A video with real people (e.g., an interview)
An animated video (e.g., a whiteboard drawing)
Some other format (please specify) ____________________
No preference
Q44 Imagine that the Church is getting ready to produce a message for youth about being a
good friend. In what format would you prefer to receive a message on this topic?
Text only (e.g., an article)
Image (e.g., a picture or meme)
Music (e.g., an EFY song)
Spoken word (e.g., a podcast, talk)
A video with actors (e.g., a dramatization)
A video with real people (e.g., an interview)
An animated video (e.g., a whiteboard drawing)
Some other format (please specify) ____________________
No preference
Q45 Imagine that the Church is getting ready to produce a message for youth about tolerance.
In what format would you prefer to receive a message on this topic?
Text only (e.g., an article)
Image (e.g., a picture or meme)
Music (e.g., an EFY song)
Spoken word (e.g., a podcast, talk)
A video with actors (e.g., a dramatization)
A video with real people (e.g., an interview)
An animated video (e.g., a whiteboard drawing)
Some other format (please specify) ____________________
No preference

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Q46 Imagine that the Church is getting ready to produce a message for youth about
explaining the Church's position on same-sex marriage to your friends. In what format would
you prefer to receive a message on this topic?
Text only (e.g., an article)
Image (e.g., a picture or meme)
Music (e.g., an EFY song)
Spoken word (e.g., a podcast, talk)
A video with actors (e.g., a dramatization)
A video with real people (e.g., an interview)
An animated video (e.g., a whiteboard drawing)
Some other format (please specify) ____________________
No preference
Q47 Imagine that the Church is getting ready to produce a message for youth about coping with
loss or grief. In what format would you prefer to receive a message on this topic?
Text only (e.g., an article)
Image (e.g., a picture or meme)
Music (e.g., an EFY song)
Spoken word (e.g., a podcast, talk)
A video with actors (e.g., a dramatization)
A video with real people (e.g., an interview)
An animated video (e.g., a whiteboard drawing)
Some other format (please specify) ____________________
No preference
Q48 Do you have any other comments about things you would like to see in Church messages
for youth?
Open-ended, optional
Q49 That's it! Thanks for taking the survey. Please click "Submit" to record your responses.
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