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A new meta-analysis examining the link between #Facebook and #wellbeing! Let me explain why it cannot tell us much about anything (1/n)
1) It does not actually look at the link between Facebook use and well-being, it looks at 'problematic Facebook use' and well-being (2/n)
2) Spot the bias - are these search terms going to show you the whole scope of research? (3/n)
3) Also, this is a big problem. Low quality research = low quality met-analysis. Bad ingredients = bad soup. (4/n)
4) The authors missed many recent high-quality studies that showed a lack in negative link (e.g. @ShuhBillSkee Goldilocks paper) (5/n)
5) The authors don't include @tdienlin @MasurPhil **longitudinal** study showing that social media use increases life satisfaction. (6/n)
This field does not need meta-analyses - first and foremost it needs high quality research. (7/7)

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Some 'selfish' reasons to do reproducible science by @markowetzlab #Reproducibility2018 1. Reproducibility helps to avoid disaster (You have backups. You can check your work. You don't rely on miracles.)
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