25 januari 2023

Patti Valkenburg Listed Among Top 10 Prolific Communication Scholars

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Patti Valkenburg has been listed among the top 10 authors contributing to the four “central”  communication journals from 2017 to 2021. She is the only listed scholar affiliated to a Dutch university. The four central communication journals are: Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, and Communication Monographs. The acceptance rates of these journals typically lie around 5-8%.

4 november 2022

ICA Podcast “Architects of Communication Scholarship” with Patti Valkenburg


In the podcast series “Architects of Communication Scholarship” the ICA presents interviews with leading communication scholars about their experience in the field and their life as academics and researchers.

The lastest episode features Patti Valkenburg, interviewed by PhD candidates Tim Verbeij and Teun Siebers. The podcast can be found on the ICA website.


27 September 2022

Queen Maxima visits MIND US

Together with influencers Mo Bicep, Numidia and Ouassima Tajmout, Patti Valkenburg was guest at a theme visit about the influence of social media on youth organized by MIND US. Queen Maxima , the honorary president of MIND US, was there to speak with adolescents, influencers and scientists about the subject and she was the first to receive a road map designed by MIND US to help influencers in their contact with adolescents. More information on their (Dutch) website

23 August 2022

Project AWeSome in New York Times

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In a New York Times article Matt Richtel writes about depression and anxiety among adolescents and how social media affects this. The article mentions Project AWeSome's research to argue that some adolescents are more vulnerable for the influence of social media then others. Read the New York Times article

5 July 2022

Patti Valkenburg guest on TV program Nieuwsuur

On 4 July Patti Valkenburg was invited as a guest on the current affairs program Nieuwsuur, where she was interviewed by Mariëlle Tweebeeke about 15 years of social media and how social media are affecting youth (in Dutch). 

A more extensive interview was published on the Nieuwsuur website (in Dutch).

The Nieuwsuur broadcast can be viewed below. 

21 June 2022

Special issue of Current Opinion in Psychology edited by Patti Valkenburg et al.


The June edition of Current Opinion in Psychology (Volume 45) is a special issue on Social Media and Well-being. It was edited by Patti Valkenburg, Ine Beyens, Adrian Meier and Mariek van den Abeelen and contains 26 excellent reviews by over 50 authors.

29 March 2022

2022 Best Published Article award for ICA-CAM

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The article "Just a Joke? Adolescents’ Preferences for Humor in Media Entertainment and Real-Life Aggression", published in Media Psychology  has been awarded the 2022 Best Published Article award from the Children, Adolescents, and Media Division of ICA. The article was lead-authored by Amber van der Wal and co-authored by Loes Pouwels Jessica Piotriowski and Patti Valkenburg.

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).

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

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:

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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.


3 March 2020

Best Published Article award for ICA-CAM 2020

The article “Child’s Play? Assessing the Bidirectional Longitudinal Relationship between Gaming and Intelligence in Early Childhood”, published in the Journal of Communication has been awarded the 2020 best published article award from the Children, Adolescents, and Media Division of ICA. The article was lead-authored by Karin Fikkers and co-authored by Jessica Piotriowski and Patti Valkenburg.

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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: 

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: for more info.