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Adolescent Self-Regulation and Social Media Use: A Reinforcing Spiral

PhD Student: Teun Siebers, MSc

Social media pose a serious challenge for adolescents. On the one hand, Instagram, Whatsapp and Snapchat offer the opportunity to satisfy various intrinsic needs and short-term gratifications, at any time, at any place. On the other hand, usage may get out of hand thereby putting long-term goals (e.g., academic achievement) at stake. The essential quality required to enjoy temptations while pursuing long-term goals is called self-regulation.

As part of team AWeSome (Adolescents, Well-being, and Social media), I will investigate how social media use affects this self-regulation system, and reversely, how impaired self-regulation causes changes in social media usage. Can we speak of a negative reinforcing spiral? Since adolescents widely vary in how they use social media and how sensitive they are to the effects, I will adopt a person-specific approach to explain potential heterogeneity caused by individual differences.

Mr T. (Teun) Siebers

PhD Student

Prof. dr. P.M. (Patti) Valkenburg

Promotor

Dr. I. (Ine) Beyens

Supervisor

Dr. J.L. (Loes) Pouwels

Supervisor