Ass.-Prof. Dr. Tobias Dienlin

Tenure Track-Professorship Interactive Communication

Währinger Straße 29 (R. 6.29), 1090 Vienna

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➥  Privacy, personality, & self-disclosure
➥  Social media, communication, & well-being
➥  Open science

Tobias Dienlin is Assistant Professor of Interactive Communication at the Department of Communication. He previously worked at the Department of Media Psychology at University of Hohenheim, where wrote his Ph.D. on „The Psychology of Privacy". Tobias Dienlin is a trained psychologist and received his diploma at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in 2012.

Tobias spent several months in the US as visiting scholar at Ohio State University (2013) and at University of California in Santa Barbara (2014). During his Ph.D., Tobias Dienlin received a full PhD scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.

His main research interests include privacy and well-being, both with a focus on social media. Tobias Dienlin also works on questions related to Open Science.

Selected Publications


  • Bräunlich, K., Dienlin, T., Eichenhofer, J., Helm, P., Trepte, S., Grimm, R., Seu-bert, S., & Gusy, C. (2020). Linking loose ends: An interdisciplinary privacy and communication model. New Media and Society. doi: 10.1177/1461444820905045 [preprint]
  • Dienlin, T., & Metzger, M. J. (2016). An extended privacy calculus model for SNSs-Analyzing self-disclosure and self-withdrawal in a U.S. representative sample. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, 21, 368–383. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12163 [paper]
  • Dienlin, T., & Trepte, S. (2015). Is the privacy paradox a relic of the past? An in-depth analysis of privacy attitudes and privacy behaviors. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 285–297. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2049 [paper]


  • Dienlin, T., & Johannes, N. (2020). The impact of digital technology use on adolescent well-being. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 22(2), 135–142. doi:10.31887/DCNS.2020.22.2/tdienlin. [paper]
  • Orben, A., Dienlin, T., & Przybylski, A. K. (2019). Social media’s enduring effect on adolescent life satisfaction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. doi:10.1073/pnas.1902058116 [paper]
  • Dienlin, T., Masur, P. K., & Trepte, S. (2017). Displacement or reinforcement? The reciprocity of FtF, IM, and SNS communication and their effects on loneliness and life satisfaction. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 22, 71–87. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12183 [paper]

Open Science

  • Dienlin, T., Johannes, N., Bowman, N. D., Masur, P. K., Engesser, S., Kümpel, A. S., Lukito, J., Bier, L. M., Zhang, R., Johnson, B. K., Huskey, R., Schneider, F. M., Breuer, J., Parry, D. A., Vermeulen, I., Fisher, J. T., Banks, J., Weber, R., Ellis, D. E., … de Vreese, C. (2020). An agenda for open science in Communication. Journal of Communication. doi:10.1093/joc/jqz052 [paper]