Do you watch closed-captioned programming regularly? Take this anonymous survey designed to measure viewers’ assessments of caption quality.
If you are over 18 years of age and spend at least some time each week watching closed-captioned programming on television, DVD/Blu-Ray, or the Internet, you are invited to complete this online survey designed to assess your preferences, habits, and attitudes about the quality of closed-captioned media.

Your responses will be completely anonymous. This study has been approved by the Human Research Protection Program at Texas Tech University.

I plan to analyze this survey data for inclusion in my forthcoming book on captioning: Reading Sounds: Accessing Popular Culture Through the Lens of Closed-Captioned Media (under contract with The University of Chicago Press).

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time.

If you have any questions, contact the survey author: Dr. Sean Zdenek, Associate Professor, Department of English,, 806.834.6652.

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What is this project studying?

The study is called “Surveying the preferences and attitudes of regular viewers of closed captioning.” This study will help us learn more about what viewers like you want from closed captioning. The survey is intended for anyone 18 or older who watches at least some TV, web video, and/or DVD programming each week with closed captioning. What we learn from this study will be incorporated into the researcher’s current book project on closed captioning.

What would I do if I participate?

In this study, you will be asked to complete a survey. The survey will take about 15-20 minutes of your time. The survey includes some general demographic questions, but your anonymity will be protected. No identifying information is requested or collected.

How will I benefit from participating?

The survey results will help us better understand what steps are needed to improve quality closed captioning. The results will be reported in a forthcoming book on closed captioning, written by the survey author.

Can I quit if I become uncomfortable?

Yes, absolutely. Your participation is completely voluntary. Dr. Sean Zdenek and the Institutional Review Board have reviewed the questions and think you can answer them comfortably. You may skip any question you do not feel comfortable answering. You can also stop answering questions at any time. You are free to leave any time you wish. Participating is your choice.

How long will participation take?

We are asking for 15-20 minutes of your time.

How are you protecting privacy?

To protect your privacy, the survey will not request any personal information.

I have some questions about this study. Who can I ask?

  • The study is being conducted by Dr. Sean Zdenek from the Department of English at Texas Tech University. If you have questions, you can call him at 806-834-6652.
  • Texas Tech also has a Board that protects the rights of people who participate in research. You can call to ask them questions at 806-742-2064. You can mail your questions to the Human Research Protection Program, Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409, or you can email your questions to

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