Can I use existing surveys?

In theory, yes, you should be able to. You will just need to program the survey to be delivered through the RealLife Exp mobile app. A couple of things to keep in mind:

  1. If this is a traditional survey that poses general questions, these questions will need to be rephrased for true experience sampling/EMA. For example, if the survey asks participants to rate the extent to which they agree with the statement "I lead a purposeful and meaningful life", for experience sampling/EMA purposes this will need to be rephrased to something like "Over the past several hours I have lead a purposeful and meaningful life".

  2. Often, it is unrealistic to give participants a complete survey in one experience sampling/EMA session since surveys can easily contain 30 or more questions. Thus, a good practice is to select the 2-3 top-loading items from a survey, or for each subdomain measured by a survey.
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