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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.



  • van Driel, I. I., Giachanou, A., Pouwels, J., Boeschoten, L., Beyens, I., & Valkenburg, P. M. (2021). Promises and pitfalls of Instagram data donations.  PsyArXiv. https://doi.org10.31234/


  • Verbeij, T., Pouwels, J., Beyens, I., & Valkenburg, P. M. (2021). Self-reported measures of social media use show high predictive validity.  PsyArXiv.


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


  • Pouwels, J., Keijsers, L., & Odgers, C. (2021). Who benefits most from using social media, the socially rich or the socially poor?  PsyArXiv. 


Published papers and in press


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



  • 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. 4, 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, code and dataset


  • 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.



  • 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 and dataset


  • 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 and dataset.


  • 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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