Social media’s enduring effect on adolescent life satisfaction

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Journal Article

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Amy Orben, Tobias Dienlin and Andrew K. Przybylski

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In this study, we used large-scale representative panel data to disentangle the between-person and within-person relations linking adolescent social media use and well-being. We found that social media use is not, in and of itself, a strong predictor of life satisfaction across the adolescent population. Instead, social media effects are nuanced, small at best, reciprocal over time, gender specific, and contingent on analytic methods.

Volume and page numbers

116, 10226-10228





Information And Communication Technologies, Social Networks, Psychology, Time Use, Young People, Well Being and Health



Open Access; This open access article is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CC BY).; Covered by over 15 media outlets

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