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Black representation in social media well-being research

In this scoping review, we collected 38 articles that studied social media experience and psychological well-being by Black social media users in America.

Nonverbal Mechanisms Predict Zoom Fatigue and Explain Why Women Experience Higher Levels than Men

Exploratory research shows that race, age, and personality relate to fatigue. We discuss avenues for future research and strategies to decrease Zoom fatigue.

To use or be used? The role of agency in social media use and well-being | Approaching social media use from the perspective of agency and intentionality allows us to better understand heterogeneous social media effects and to identify new ways of helping people benefit from these technologies (April 3, 2023)

The Algorithmic Crystal: Conceptualizing the Self through Algorithmic Personalization on TikTok | This research examines how TikTok users conceptualize and engage with personalized algorithms on the TikTok platform (November 11, 2022)

Identifying Silver Linings During the Pandemic Through Natural Language Processing | In this paper, we identified positive aspects, or “silver linings,” that people experienced during the COVID-19 crisis using computational natural language processing methods and qualitative thematic content analysis (September 3, 2021)

The Role of Subjective Construals on Reporting and Reasoning about Social Media Use | Through qualitative analysis of 60 interviews, we identify how subjective construals of social media can influence two distinct processes relevant to the study of social media effects (August 6, 2021)

Priming Effects of Social Media Use Scales on Well-Being Outcomes: The Influence of Intensity and Addiction Scales on Self-Reported Depression | Despite intense scrutiny over the past decade, interdisciplinary scholars have made seemingly disparate claims about the association between social media use and well-being (November 25, 2020)

Attributional dynamics of smartphone use | Why do people believe the phone is additive? (November 20, 2019)

“Silvers” and technology | The goal of this research program is to better understand what adults over 65, “silvers,” think and feel about technology (November 19, 2019)

Is using social media helpful or harmful to your well-being? | Our research suggests the answer may be a matter of mindset. (November 11, 2019)

Folk theory of cyber-social systems | People’s beliefs and behaviors are shaped by their understanding of how systems work, also known as folk theories. (March 28, 2017)

Technology’s role in mental health crisis recognition and intervention | Technology plays a prominent role in how people access and understand their own health (March 27, 2017)

Meta-analysis | The Stanford Social Media Lab is working on a large-scale meta-analysis to understand what is the effect of social media use and well-being across the literature (March 27, 2017)