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  • Nguyen, M. H. & Hargittai, E. (2024). Digital disconnection, digital skills, and well-being: An experience sampling study. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcmc/zmad044 *Pre-registered & Open data


  • Geber, S., Nguyen, M. H., & Büchi, M. (2023). Conflicting norms—How norms of disconnection and availability correlate with digital media use across generations. Social Science Computer Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/08944393231215457 *Open data
  • Vanden Abeele, M. M. P., & Nguyen, M. H. (2023). Digital media as ambiguous goods: Examining the digital well-being experiences and disconnection practices of Belgian adults. European Journal of Communication. https://doi.org/10.1177/02673231231201487
  • Nguyen, M. H. & Hargittai, E. (2023). Digital inequality in disconnection practices: Voluntary nonuse during COVID-19. Journal of Communication. https://doi.org/10.1093/joc/jqad021
  • Nguyen, M. H. (2023). “Maybe I should get rid of it for a while…”: Examining motivations and challenges for social media disconnection. The Communication Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/10714421.2023.2195795


  • Gruber, J., Hargittai, E., & Nguyen, M. H. (2022). The value of face-to-face communication in the digital world: What people miss about in-person interactions when those are limited. Studies in Communication Sciences, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.24434/j.scoms.2022.03.3340
  • Nguyen, M. H., Büchi, M., & Geber, S. (2022). Everyday disconnection experiences: Exploring people’s understanding of digital well-being and management of digital media use. New Media & Society. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448221105428
  • Vanden Abeele, M. M., & Nguyen, M. H. (2022). Digital well-being in an age of mobile connectivity: An introduction to the Special Issue. Mobile Media & Communication, 10(2), 174-189. *Shared first authorship  https://doi.org/10.1177/20501579221080899
  • Marler, W., Hargittai, E., & Nguyen, M. H. (2022). Can you see me now? Video gatherings and social connectedness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Information Society38(1), 36-50. https://doi.org/10.1080/01972243.2021.2007193


  • Nguyen, M. H. (2021). Managing social media use in an ‘always on’ society: Exploring digital wellbeing strategies that people use to disconnect. Mass Communication and Society. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/15205436.2021.1979045
  • Nguyen, M. H., Hargittai, E., Fuchs, J., Djukaric, T., & Hunsaker, A. (2021). Trading spaces: How and why older adults disconnect from and switch between digital media. The Information Society. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/01972243.2021.1960659
  • Karaoglu, G., Hargittai, E., Hunsaker, A., & Nguyen, M. H. (2021). Changing technologies, changing lives: Older adults’ perspectives on the benefits of using new technologies. International Journal of Communication, 15. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/16047
  • Gerosa, T., Gui, M., Hargittai, E., & Nguyen, M. H. (2021). (Mis)informed during COVID-19: How education level and information sources contribute to knowledge gaps. International Journal of Communication, 15. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/16438
  • Nguyen, M. H., Gruber, J., Fuchs, J., Marler, W., Hunsaker, A., & Hargittai, E. (2021). Staying connected while physically apart: Digital communication when face-to-face interactions are limited. New Media & Society. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820985442
  • Nguyen, M. H., Hargittai, E, & Marler, W. (2021). Digital inequality in communication during a time of physical distancing: The case of COVID-19. Computers in Human Behavior. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.106717
  • Karaoglu, G., Hargittai, E., & Nguyen, M. H. (2021). Inequality in job searching in the age of social media. Information, Communication & Society. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2021.1897150


  • Hunsaker, A., Nguyen, M. H., Fuchs, J. M., Karaoglu, G., Djukaric, T., & Hargittai, E. (2020). Unsung helpers: Older adults as a source of digital media support for their peers. The Communication Review. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10714421.2020.1829307
  • Nguyen, M. H., Bol, N., & King, A. J. (2020). Customisation versus personalisation of digital health information: Effects of mode tailoring on information processing outcomes. European Journal of Health Communication, 1(1), 30-54. https://doi.org/10.47368/ejhc.2020.003
  • Nguyen, M. H., Hunsaker, A., & Hargittai, E. (2020). Older adults’ online social engagement and social capital: The moderating role of Internet skills. Information, Communication & Society. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2020.1804980
  • Nguyen, M. H., Gruber, J., Fuchs, J., Marler, W., Hunsaker, A., & Hargittai, E. (2020). Changes in digital communication during the COVID-19 global pandemic: Implications for digital Inequality and future research. Social Media + Society, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305120948255
  • Hargittai, E., Nguyen, M. H., Fuchs, J., Gruber, J., Marler, W., Hunsaker, A., & Karaoglu, G. (2020). From zero to a national data set in two weeks: Reflections on a COVID-19 collaborative survey project. Social Media + Society, 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305120948196
  • Nguyen, M. H., Bol, N., Lustria, M. L. A. (2020). Perceived active control over online health information: Underlying mechanisms of mode tailoring effects on website attitude and information recall. Journal of Health Communication, 25(4), 271-282. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2020.1743797


  • Bol, N., Hoie, N., Nguyen, M. H., Smit, E. S (2019). Customization in mobile health apps: Explaining effects on physical activity intentions by the need for autonomy. Digital Health, 5, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/2055207619888074
  • Hunsaker, A., Nguyen, M. H., Fuchs, J. M., Djukaric, T., Hugentobler, L., Hargittai, E. (2019). “He explained it to me and I also did it myself”: How older adults get support with their technology uses. Socius, 5, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1177/2378023119887866 
  • Nguyen, M. H., Smets, E. M. A., Bol, N., Loos, E. F., van Laarhoven, H. W. M., Geijsen, E. D., van Berge Henegouwen, M. I., Tytgat, K. M. A. J., & van Weert, J. C. M. (2019). Tailored Web-based information for younger and older patients with cancer: Randomized controlled trial of a preparatory educational intervention on patient outcomes. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(10), e14407. https://doi.org/10.2196/14407
  • Nguyen, M. H., Smets, E. M. A., Bol, N., Bronner, M. B., Tytgat, K. M. A. J., Loos, E. F., & van Weert, J. C. M. (2019). Fear and forget: How anxiety impacts recall of medical information in newly diagnosed cancer patients visiting a fast-track clinic. Acta Oncologica, 58(2), 182-188. https://doi.org/10.1080/0284186X.2018.1512156
  • Nguyen, M. H., Bol, N., van Weert, J. C. M., Loos, E. F., Tytgat, K. M. A. J., Geijsen, E. D., … & Smets, E. M. A. (2019). Optimising eHealth tools for older patients: Collaborative redesign of a hospital website. European Journal of Cancer Care, 28, e12882. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12882


  • Nguyen, M. H., Smets, E. M. A., Bol, N., Loos, E. F., & van Weert, J. C. M. (2018). How tailoring the mode of information presentation influences younger and older adults’ satisfaction with health websites. Journal of Health Communication, 23(2), 170-180. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2017.1421729
  • Bronner, M. B., Nguyen, M. H., Smets, E. M A., van de Ven, A. W. H., & van Weert, J. C. M (2018). Anxiety during cancer diagnosis: Examining the influence of monitoring coping style and treatment plan. Psycho-Oncology, 27(2), 661-667. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.4560


  • Nguyen, M. H., van Weert, J. C. M., Bol, N., Loos, E. F., Tytgat, K. M. A. J., van de Ven, A. W. H., & Smets, E. M A. (2017). Tailoring the mode of information presentation: Effects on younger and older adults’ attention and recall of online information. Human Communication Research, 43(1), 102-126. https://doi.org/10.1111/hcre.12097
  • De Graaf, A. M., van den Putte, B., Nguyen, M. H., Zebregs, S., Lammers, J., & Neijens, P. C. (2017). The effectiveness of narrative versus informational smoking education on beliefs, attitudes, and intentions of low educated adolescents. Psychology & Health, 32(7), 810-825. https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2017.1307371
  • De Bruijn, G. J., Nguyen, M. H., Rhodes, R. E., & van Osch, L. (2017). Effects of preparatory and action planning instructions on situation-specific and general fruit and snack intake. Appetite, 108, 161-170. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.09.016


Nguyen, M. H. (2019). A novel approach to tailored communication: Optimizing online health information for older patients. University of Amsterdam. Online available here.