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Dr. Adrian Meier

Former Research Fellow

Adrian Meier is Assistant Professor for Communication Science at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. He received his Dr. phil. in communication science (2020) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, investigating whether and how social media make us (un)happy. His research examines the psychological effects of media technologies on mental health and well-being, with a focus on inter- and masspersonal communication, social comparison, and self-regulation. Currently, Adrian’s research examines the role of social media for well-being at the interface between work and home life, for example, in remote work contexts.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Former Research Fellow

Research Group „Well-being in the Digital World

Fields of research

  • Social media
  • Well-being
  • Mental Health
  • Media Psychology
  • Media effects


Relevant Publications (Selection):

Meier, A., Gilbert, A., Börner, S., & Possler, D. (2020). Instagram inspiration: How upward comparison on social network sites can contribute to well-being. Journal of Communication, 70(5), 721–743.

Meier, A., & Krause, H.-V. (2022). Does passive social media use harm well-being? An adversarial review. Journal of Media Psychology. Advance online publication.

Meier, A., & Reinecke, L. (2021). Computer-mediated communication, social media, and mental health: A conceptual and empirical meta-review. Communication Research, 48(8), 1182-1209.


Twitter: @admeierlab

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg