Bio

Mariek Vanden Abeele is a communication scientist studying the social implications of mobile media from both media psychological and media sociological perspectives. She is appointed as Associate Professor in Online Culture in both the department of Cognition and Communication and the department of Culture Studies.

Mariek's research interests include digital wellbeing, the impact of co-present phone use on social interactions ('phubbing'), mobile youth culture, the social implications of self-tracking technologies (incl. wearables), and the role of mobile media in parent-child relationships.  Her work has been published in journals such as New Media & Society, Media Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior

Mariek is steering member of the International Communication Association’s Mobile Interest Group and member of Mobile Media & Communication’s editorial board.

Expertise

Media Psychology; Media Sociology; Mobile Media Studies; Quantitative Analysis; Qualitative Analysis

Recent publications

  1. Do parasocial relationships with micro- and mainstream celebrities di…

    Xu, Y., Vanden Abeele, M., Hou, M., & Antheunis, M. (2022). Do parasocial relationships with micro- and mainstream celebrities differ? An empirical study testing four attributes of the parasocial relationship. Celebrity Studies, (online first), 1-21.
  2. A Protocol Study to Establish Psychological Outcomes From the Use of …

    Folkvord, F., van Breugel, A., de Haan, S., de Wolf, M., de Boer, M., & Abeele, M. V. (2021). A Protocol Study to Establish Psychological Outcomes From the Use of Wearables for Health and Fitness Monitoring. Frontiers in digital health, 3, 1-6.
  3. Does a 7-day restriction on the use of social media improve cognitive…

    van Wezel, M., Abrahamse, E., & Vanden Abeele, M. (2021). Does a 7-day restriction on the use of social media improve cognitive functioning and emotional well-being? Results from a randomized controlled trial. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 14, [100365].
  4. Editorial: Children’s Voices on Privacy Management and Data Responsib…

    De Wolf, R., & Vanden Abeele, M. M. P. (2020). Editorial: Children’s Voices on Privacy Management and Data Responsibilization. Media and Communication, 8(4), 158-162.
  5. Influence of the Business Revenue, Recommendation, and Provider Model…

    Lupianez-Villanueva, F. L-V., Folkvord, F., & Vanden Abeele, M. (2020). Influence of the Business Revenue, Recommendation, and Provider Models on Mobile Health App Adoption: Three-Country Experimental Vignette Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 8(6), [e17272].

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