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.