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L.N. (Lara) Wolfers

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Youth & Media Entertainment
Photographer: Lara Wolfers

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Lara Wolfers (PhD 2021) is an Assistant Professor in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. She studies how media and social media are used in the family and how this usage relates to the well-being of the family members. She also studies how media can be used for coping with stress.

    Lara previously worked at the Leibniz-Institut fuer Wissensmedien (knowledge media research center) in Tuebingen, Germany, as a PhD student. She completed her Master (University of Hohenheim, 2018) and Bachelor (Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, 2014) in communication science. During her studies she received several awards and scholarships including the Deutschlandstipendium and a scholarship of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. From 2020-2022, Lara served as the early-career representative of the Mobile Communication Interest Group of the International Communication Association.

    Expertise and research fields

    • Media use in the family
    • Media use for coping with stress
    • Social and mobile media use and well-being
    • Media use, social norms, and guilt
    • Quantitative methodologies with a focus on longitudinal data analysis and experience sampling designs


  • Publications


    • Wolfers, L. N., Wendt, R., Becker, D., & Utz, S. (2023). Do you love your phone more than your child? The consequences of norms and guilt around maternal smartphone use. Human Communication Research.



    • Utz, S., Wolfers, L., & Göritz, A. (2021). The effects of situational and individual factors on algorithm acceptance in COVID-19-related decision-making: A preregistered online experiment. Human-Machine Communication , 3, 27-46.
    • Wolfers, L. N. (2021). Parental mobile media use for coping with stress: A focus groups study. Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies, 3, 304-315.
    • Wolfers, L. N., & Schneider, F. M. (2021). Using media for coping: A scoping review. Communication Research, 48, 1210-1234.


    • Wolfers, L. N., Festl, R., & Utz, S. (2020). Do smartphones and social network sites become more important when experiencing stress? Results from longitudinal data. Computers in Human Behavior, 109, [106339].
    • Wolfers, L. N., Kitzmann, S., Sauer, S., & Sommer, N. (2020). Phone use while parenting: An observational study to assess the association of maternal sensitivity and smartphone use in a playground setting. Computers in Human Behavior, 102, 31-38.
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