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Below you will find an overview of our preprints and published papers.

Curious about which project data and variables were used for each paper?

You can find an overview here.



  • Valkenburg, P. M., Beyens, I., van Driel, I. I., & Keijsers, L. (2022). How to assess variation in the association between social media use and well-being: A reply to Johannes, Masur, Vuorre, & Przybylski (2021).



  • Siebers, T., Beyens, I., Pouwels, J., & Valkenburg, P. M. (2021). Social media are a powerful distractor for the vast majority of adolescents.  PsyArXiv.


Published papers and in press

  • Verbeij, T., Pouwels, J., Beyens, I., & Valkenburg, P. M. (2022). Self-reported measures of social media use show high predictive validity. Scientific Reports, in press.



  • Pouwels, J., Keijsers, L., & Odgers, C. (2022). Who benefits most from using social media, the socially rich or the socially poor? Current Opinion in Psychology, in press. 101351.


  • Valkenburg, P. M., van Driel, I. I., & Beyens, I. (2022). The associations of active and passive social media use with well-being: A critical scoping review. New Media and Society, 24 (2). 530-549.



  • Valkenburg, P.M., Beyens, I., Pouwels, J.L., van Driel, I.I., & Keijsers, L. (2022). Social media browsing and adolescent well-being: Challenging the “Passive Social Media Use Hypothesis”. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 27, 1.

           Preregistration and dataset


  •  Valkenburg, P. M., Meier, A., & Beyens, I. (2022). Social media use and its impact on adolescent mental health: An umbrella review of the evidence. Current Opinion in Psychology. 44, 58-68.


  • Pouwels, J. L., Valkenburg, P.M., Beyens, I., Driel, I.I., & Keijsers, L. (2021).Some socially poor but also some socially rich adolescents feel closer to their friends after using social media. Scientific Reports , 11 [21176].

            Preregistration, code and dataset


  • Pouwels, J. L., Valkenburg, P.M., Beyens, I., Driel, I.I., & Keijsers, L. (2021). Social media use and friendship closeness in adolescents' daily lives: An experience sampling study. Developmental Psychology, 57(2), 309-323.

            Preregistration, code and dataset



  • Valkenburg, P. M., Pouwels, J., Beyens, I., van Driel, I. I., & Keijsers, L. (2021). Adolescents’ social media experiences and their self-esteem: A person-specific susceptibility perspective. Technology, Mind, & Behavior, 2(2).

           Preregistration, codedataset and codebook


  • Valkenburg, P. M., Beyens, I., Pouwels, J. L., van Driel, I. I. & Keijsers, L. (2021). Social media and adolescents’ self-esteem: Heading for a person-specific media effects paradigm. Journal of Communication, 71(1), 56-78.

          Preregistration, codedataset and codebook


  • Verbeij, T., Pouwels, J.L., Beyens, I., & Valkenburg, P. M. (2021). The accuracy and validity of self-reported social media use measures among adolescents. Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 3.

           Preregistration,  code , dataset and codebook


  • Beyens, I., Pouwels, J. L., van Driel, I. I., Keijsers, L., & Valkenburg, P. M. (2020). The effect of social media on well-being differs from adolescent to adolescent. Scientific Reports, 10 [10763].

           Preregistration, code ,  dataset and codebook


  • van Driel, I. I., Pouwels, J. L., Beyens, I., Keijsers, L.& Valkenburg, P. M. (2019). Posting, scrolling, chatting and snapping: Youth (14-15) and social media in 2019. Universiteit van Amsterdam, Center for Research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media (CcaM). Available here.

           Preregistration and code available here


Dit project wordt gefinancierd door de NWO-Spinoza premie, toegekend aan Patti Valkenburg

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