Research methods (for digital media)

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How can we research media use in an environment in which each user is confronted with a unique and highly dynamic selection of content? How can we leverage users’ existing communication infrastructures (e.g., messenger apps) for empirical investigations? And how can we, as communication researchers, make our research as transparent and accessible as possible (#openscience)? These are also questions that I strive to address through my work. Although not all of the publications listed here are genuine methods papers, they show the spectrum of approaches to studying digital media use and the practical application of open science practices—ranging from interactive diary methods and varieties of self-confrontation interviews to a mobile experience sampling investigation and a replication study.