Depressed kids or over-concerned Boomers? My review of the Anxious Generation

In his new book “The Anxious Generation“, Jonathan Haidt posits that the well-being of young people, and especially that of young girls, has decreased dramatically across the last fifteen years. The two major reasons for this decline, according to Haidt, are increased social media use and decreased play and interactions unsupervised by adults. In a nutshell, kids would be under-protected online and over-protected offline. Haidt goes on to suggest several solutions, such as smartphone bans in schools, increasing the age of social media use to 16, actually enforcing age limits, or increasing offline unregulated interactions (he co-started “Let Grow“).

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Open-access publizieren: Green, gold oder diamond?

Open-access Publikationen in der Wissenschaft werden (erfreulicherweise) immer relevanter. Es gibt unterschiedliche Open-Access-Formate, und es ist schwer, hier den Überblick zu bewahren. Folgende Grafik, open-access publiziert auf Wikipedia, illustriert die unterschiedlichen Open-Access-Formate sehr gut.

Venn diagram highlighting the different levels of open access in scholarly publishing
Quelle: Farquharson, Jamie Ian (2018-07-31). “Introducing Volcanica: The first diamond open-access journal for volcanology”. Volcanica 1 (1): i–ix. DOI:10.30909/vol.01.01.i-ix. ISSN 2610-3540
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Does the privacy paradox exist? Comment on Yu et al.’s (2020) meta-analysis

Abstract of publication: "Does the privacy paradox exist?"

I was excited when last year I saw that International Journal of Information Management (IJIM) published a meta analysis on the privacy paradox. Does the privacy paradox exist? The authors concluded that yes, the “‘privacy paradox’ phenomenon [. . . ] exists in our research model”.

I was surprised, because this finding contradicts another meta-analysis by Baruh et al. (2017), which found significant relations between privacy concerns and information sharing. Also in my own research, I regularly find significant (though often small) effects (for example in this study).

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Are people nowadays more happy?

Woman smiling

Three years ago, I wrote a blog post on how happiness developed in Europe between 2002 and 2016. Using data from the European Social Survey, I analyzed self-reported levels of happiness, Internet use, social behavior, or health.

For a review I’m currently writing, I now updated these analyses with the (somewhat) new data for 2018 (2020 isn’t available yet). Overall, the data now include the responses of 430.870 (!) respondents.

Are people nowadays more happy than they used to be?

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Open Science, Closed Doors?

When we published the Agenda for Open Science in Communication roughly one year ago, I expected to receive pushback. After all, we called for a sweeping change of several well-established research practices. Transparency instead of confidentiality, research openly accessible but not hidden behind paywalls, showing instead of telling, quality instead of quantity.

I expected to receive pushback coming from the established quantitative scholars. From the p-hackers, the grinders, the paper manufacturers, the data-dredgers, the beneficiaries of the old and closed system. However, I didn’t expect to receive pushback from the more qualitative-oriented scholars.1

Well, turns out I was wrong.

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