Social media’s enduring effect on adolescent life satisfaction

Publication type

Journal Article

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Authors

Amy Orben, Tobias Dienlin and Andrew K. Przybylski

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Summary

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.

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1902058116

ISSN

16

Subjects

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

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

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