It is becoming increasingly clear that we as researchers need to analyze large-scale, publicly available open datasets. The replication crisis in psychology vividly illustrated that most studies are strongly underpowered and that results are not replicable (e.g., Munafo et al., 2017). Besides, and maybe less well-known, small samples also increase the probability of finding extreme results, which leads to a literature full of effect sizes that are artificially inflated (e.g., Button et al., 2013).
I’ve recently written a thread on Twitter that, at least by my standards, got pretty viral. In the thread I discuss the topic of effect sizes. Specifically, I look at how many hours you need to spend on Facebook so that it actually affects your well-being. Some people said they’d like to cite it, which is why I’m now also posting it here.Continue reading →
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the effects of smartphones on mental health. For example, one was able to read the following:
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Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.
It’s been 5 years now since I started working in academia. Not that long after all – but maybe just long enough to share some of the things that I’ve picked up along the way. Continue reading →
Vor ein paar Wochen habe ich mich bei der Körber-Stiftung für den diesjährigen Studienpreis beworben. Leider wurde die Arbeit nicht ausgezeichnet — was sich bei insgesamt 430 Einreichung aber auch durchaus verkraften lässt. Ein schönes Nebenprodukt des Bewerbungsprozesses ist dabei allerdings, dass ich nun eine recht ausführliche Zusammenfassung meiner Dissertation vorliegen habe. Für alle Interessierten: Im Folgenden mein Bewerbungstext ungekürzt und in Originalfassung. Continue reading →
Some weeks ago, in the German town Herne, a young person committed a horrible crime by killing an innocent child—out of pure lust and without any apparent wrongdoing on the part of the child it seemed. It became known that the young person was an active member of 4chan, a website that, next to several other threads, includes one in which atrocious and deviant acts are being openly celebrated by the community. In that thread, pictures of the murder were posted shortly after the killing. Continue reading →
I’m very glad to say that, by now, I have officially defended my thesis — hooray! It was a special day for me and, overall, just a great way to officially finish my time as a phd student.
First of all, I am very thankful for the support that I have received over the last few years by Sabine Trepte, the first advisor of my thesis. I feel very privileged that Nicole Krämer offered to be the second advisor of the thesis. I am very thankful that Jens Vogelgesang completed the committee of my dissertation. And, of course, I was especially excited that Miriam Metzger had the chance to visit us at Hohenheim during that week and could thus celebrate with us.
Thank you all!
Today, I have thoroughly updated this website. I have decided to implement a new and very basic design, and to get rid of all the old content (that’s to say that I wasn’t able to obtain the old content from my former webspace provider ;)). At any rate, feel free to have a look around!