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July 14, 2023 | Press Release

Impact of Using Multiple Social Media Channels on Well-Being

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Social media have become an integral part of everyday life. However, numerous studies have produced conflicting results on how the use of these applications affects the mental health of their users. A common assumption is that the use of many different social media platforms has a negative impact on users' well-being. Researchers Sophie Lohmann and Emilio Zagheni, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, investigated this assumption. In their study, they used a statistical technique to adjust for the fact that people who use a number of social media platforms may be different to start with. The result of the study shows that the use of many different social media platforms is not a significant risk factor for the well-being of the users. more

July 13, 2023 | News | Conference

MPIDR at IC2S2 2023 in Copenhagen

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Our colleagues from the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography will present their research at the 9th International Conference on Computational Social Science in Copenhagen (Denmark), July 17-20, 2023. more

July 10, 2023 | News | Award

A Nice Surprise - Bettina Hünteler Receives Young Scholar Award

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The 2023 Young Scholar Award of the journal Advances in Life Course Research goes to Bettina Hünteler. Since April 2023, she is working in the Kinship Inequalities Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. more

July 06, 2023 | Press Release

Employment has a positive effect on mothers’ well-being - but women with very young children need more support

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The number of working mothers in Germany has been rising for years, however, they find themselves constantly balancing between work and family. Research shows that being employed has a positive effect on a person's health and well-being. However, no research has examined how employment affects the well-being and health of single mothers and cohabiting mothers. Dr. Mine Kühn of Tilburg University (NL) and Dr. Christian Dudel of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), together with Prof. Martin Werding of the Ruhr University Bochum, have recently investigated this question. more

July 04, 2023 | Defo News

Education and Health

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In this month's Demografische Forschung aus Erster Hand, learn how maternal education affects child health, what personality traits influence the likelihood of having children, and why life insecurity is an important indicator of a population's health. more

July 01, 2023 | News

New Max Planck Center for Social Inequalities in Population Health in Rostock and Helsinki

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Starting in July, the MaxHel: Max Planck l University of Helsinki Center for Social Inequalities in Population Health aims to uncover the central social processes that generate health inequalities, building on novel conceptual insights and a completely unique data landscape. more

June 28, 2023 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Alessandro Feraldi!

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Another new face at MPIDR is Alessandro Feraldi from Italy. Alessandro comes from Sapienza University in Rome where he obtained his PhD. The topic of his thesis was “Gender Gap in Health and Survival". His field of research is demography and he has a background in statistics. In his previous research, Alessandro analyzed the gender gap in health and survival, focusing on the contributions of age and causes of death to the gender gap in life expectancy, as well as on social and behavioral risk factors that potentially increase/decrease the gender gap in healthy life expectancy. Alessandro joins the research group Labor Demography as a postdoctoral fellow. more

June 22, 2023 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, José Carlos Andrade Santacruz!

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MPIDR welcomed several new faces to the Institute in May. One of them is José Carlos Andrade Santacruz from Ecuador. While working with us for the next three years as a PhD student, he will focus on methodological innovations to life tables to study inequalities in mortality across different socioeconomic contexts. more

June 07, 2023 | News

Congratulations Jiaxin Shi

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On June 7th, Jiaxin Shi successfully defended his dissertation on “Mortality Inequality and Its Implications for Retirees” and obtained his DPhil from the University of Oxford. more

June 01, 2023 | News | Research Visit

Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program 2023

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The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is organizing the Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program, a three-month research visit (from June 1 – August 25, 2023) for a diverse group of PhD students. more

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