• Patti Valkenburg, Universiteit van Amsterdam

4 maart 2022

Project AWeSome Wins Outstanding Interdisciplinary Contribution Award


Project AWeSome receives the Outstanding Interdisciplinary Contribution Award of the Society for Research on Adolescence. AWeSome investigates adolescents, well-being and social media and was established by Patti Valkenburg (University of Amsterdam) and Loes Keijsers (Erasmus University).

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8 September 2021

Two umbrella reviews on social media and mental health


Patti Valkenburg completed two umbrella reviews of the effects of social media use on mental health. An umbrella review is a review of existing meta-analyses and literature reviews.

Both umbrella reviews available on PsyArXiv here and here

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23 April 2021

Project AWeSome Spring Webinar online

The project AWeSome team presented their research results in a Spring webinar. In case you missed it, you can watch the full recording here.  210423 Spring Webinar Thumbnail

22 February 2021

Project AWeSome Winter Webinar online

The project AWeSome team presented their research results in a Winter webinar. In case you missed it, you can watch the full recording here:     https://www.project-awesome.nl/the-research

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1 July 2020

New study by Project AWeSome published

Do social media benefit or undermine adolescents’ well-being? Many parents, health practitioners, and scholars are concerned about the question. A new study by Project AWeSome shows that the answer is not a simple yes or no: The effect differs from adolescent to adolescent. The study is now published in Scientific Reports. Free access to the full paper is available here.


17 March 2020

How to talk to kids about Corona

In an interview in the NRC newspaper of 17 March 2020 professor Patti Valkenburg and professor Susan Bögels gave their expert opinion on how to inform your children about the corona  virus. The article (in Dutch) can be found here or here as a PDF.


13 February 2020

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The public report by Project AWeSome is now also available in English. Click here to read it.

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17 December 2019


Jim Jansen interviewed Patti Valkenburg about her "Eureka!" moment. The article appeared in the December edition of New Scientist and in the AD newspaper on 17 December. 

The Eureka! articles by Jim Jansen are also combined in a booklet. Read the article here.


3 December 2019

Posting. Scrolling.  Apping. Snapping.

Posting. Scrolling. Apping. Snapping. We know they do it, but how do they feel when doing this? 

To answer their questions, Project AWeSome, lead by Patti Valkenburg conducted a survey with nearly 1000 youth (aged 14 and 15) living in the Netherlands. Their public report of this research - Posten, scrollen, appen en snappen - released today, reflects the most current information we have about Dutch teens and their social media environment.  A copy of this report (available in Dutch) is available here.

For the UvA press release click here


3 October 2019

Patti Valkenburg master of ceremony at Spinoza award celebration

On Wednesday 2 October the award ceremony for the yearly Spinoza and Stevin prizes took place at the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague. The minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, was present to hand out the awards to the four Spinoza and two Stevin laureates. As a former Spinoza laureate, Patti Valkenburg was invited by NWO, the Dutch National Science Foundation, to act as master of ceremony at the celebration.

Below, a picture of Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven (left), Professor Mirjam van Praag (President VU University), and Patti Valkenburg.


More information on the Spinoza and Stevin prizes and the 6 laureates, can be found on the website of NWO:https://www.nwo.nl/onderzoek-en-resultaten/programmas/spinozapremie 

27 May 2019

Plugged in translated into Romenian

A Romenian version of Patti Valkenburg's book Plugged in- How media attract and affect youth is now available.

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The entire book is available here.

2 April 2019

Project AWeSome website

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Project AWeSome, Patti Valkenburg's new research project now has a website. Please visit: http://www.project-awesome.nl for more info.

21 Januari 2019

APS fellow status awarded to Patti Valkenburg


Patti Valkenburg has been elected as a Fellow in of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). The APS is the leading international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders.

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22 September 2018

Kick-off: Project AWesome

Adolescents, Wellbeing, & Social Media

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Why is it that the use of social media makes some adolescents feel happy while leaving others feeling blue? This week Project AWeSome, a new interdisciplinary collaboration between the Universities of Amsterdam and Tilburg, officially kicked off. The project’s aim is to answer this and other questions related to the effects of adolescents’ social media use on their wellbeing.

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5 December 2017

Valkenburg again among the top 1% percent communication scholars worldwide


Patti Valkenburg has been listed again among the top one percent of authors contributing to the leading journals in communication science. This list of authors appeared in the November 2017 issue of Communication Education.

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23 October 2017

Patti Valkenburg on Facebook’s new teen app TBH


Matthew Reynolds, journalist of the renowned tech magazine WIRED, discusses the possible implications of Facebook’s new App tbh (to be honest). Can such apps really improve the mental health of teens? Patti Valkenburg was asked to summarize the state of the art of research on the positive consequences of social media for teens. You can read the full article here.

12 September 2017

Has technology transformed communication? 

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Just released: Human Communication Research's October issue on communication and technology edited by Joseph Walther and Patti Valkenburg.

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24 april 2017

170424 Changing Technology

Changing Technology, Changing Childhood

Blog by Patti Valkenburg published by
Yale University Press 

Every now and then, I hear teachers lament that today’s children have changed. And they are right. In the West, this generation of children exhibits significant developmental differences that distinguish them from generations that grew up without television, video games, and smartphones.

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26 februari 2016

160309 Singapore Lezingkl 

Patti Valkenburg invited distinguished speaker Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

Op 17 februari 2016 heeft Patti Valkenburg op uitnodiging van de Nanyang Technological University in Singapore een lezing gehouden voor studenten en medewerkers.

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