Dona is an online platform for secure donation of anonymized messaging data to research. The donation process goes as follows:
This tool can be combined with psychological questionnaires to study associations of certain messaging behaviors with psychological characteristics. Dona provides an innovative and unobtrusive way to assess a person’s social interactions in the digital space.
Social isolation increases the risk of psychological disorders  . To measure social integration, it is common to use questionnaires where people provide details about their social interactions. Such self-assessment, however, is often biased and subject to errors . A popular way of communicating nowadays is through online messaging services, which also enable to download own messaging data. These data can be made available to researchers through donations for a more objective measurement of social interactions compared to traditional questionnaires.
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|Olya Hakobyan & Hanna Drimalla|
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|Acknowledgement:||The first instance of the platform was developed by Data4Life in cooperation with HPI. We thank Paul Julius-Hillmann for developing the feedback plots.|