A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Discrepancies Between Logged and Self-Reported Digital Media Use

Douglas Parry, Brit Davidson, Craig Sewall, Jacob Fisher, Hannah Mieczkowski, Dan Quintana

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Abstract

There is widespread public and academic interest in understanding the uses and effects of digital media. Scholars primarily use self-report measures of the quantity or duration of media use as proxies for more objective measures, but the validity of these self-reports remains unclear. Advancements in data collection techniques have produced a collection of studies indexing both self-reported and log-based measures. To assess the alignment between these measures, we conducted a pre-registered meta-analysis of this research. Based on 106 effect sizes, we found that self-reported media use correlates only moderately with logged measurements, that self-reports were rarely an accurate reflection of logged media use and that measures of problematic media use show an even weaker association with usage logs. These findings raise concerns about the validity of findings relying solely on self-reported measures of media use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1535-1547
Number of pages13
JournalNature Human Behaviour
Volume5
Issue number11
Early online date17 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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