Balau, N., & Utz, S. (in press). Exposing information sharing as strategic behavior: Power as responsibility and 'trust' buttons. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Sassenberg, K., Cress, U., Kimmerle, J. & Utz, S. (in press). Soziale Beziehungen und Gruppen im Internet. [Social relationships and groups in the Internet]. In H. W. Bierhoff &D. Frey (eds.), Enzyklopädie der Psychologie. Serie VI: Sozialpsychologie. [Encyclopedia of Psychology. Series VI: Social Psychology]. Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Utz, S. (in press). Is LinkedIn making you more successful? The informational benefits derived from public social media. New Media & Society.

Van Ingen, E., Utz, S., & Toepol, V. (in press). Online coping after negative life events: Measurement, prevalence, and relation with internet activities and well-being. Social Science Computer Review. DOI: 10.1177/0894439315600322

Levordashka, A. & Utz, S. (2016). Ambient awareness: From random noise to digital closeness in online social networks. Computers in Human Behavior, 60, 147-154. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.02.037

Levordashka, A., Utz, S., & Ambros, A. (2016). What’s in a like? Motivations for pressing the like button. Proceedings of the Tenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2016), 623-626. Available from

Lin, R., Levordashka, A., & Utz, S. (2016) Ambient intimacy on Twitter. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 10(1), article 1. DOI: 10.5817/CP2016-1-6

Utz, S. (2016). Wie social media den beruflichen Wissensaustausch fördern können. [How social media can foster professional knowledge exchange] Psychologische Rundschau, 67, 118-124. DOI: 10.1026/0033-3042/a000304

Utz, S. & Jankowski, J. (2016). Making “friends” in a virtual world: the role of preferential attachment, homophily and status. Social Science Computer Review, 34(5), 546-566. DOI:10.1177/0894439315605476

Walrave, M., Utz, S., Schouten, A. P., & Heirman, W. (2016). Editorial: The state of online self-disclosure in an era of commodified privacy. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 10(1), article 1. DOI: 10.5817/CP2016-1-1

Jankowski, J., Michalski, R., Bródka, P., Kazienko, P., & Utz, S. (2015). Knowledge acquisition from social platforms based on network distributions fitting.  Computers in Human Behavior, 51, 685-693. DOI:

Kleinnijenhuis, J., Schultz, F., Utz, S., & Oegema, D. (2015). The mediating role of the news in the BP oil spill crisis: How US news depends on public relations and affects public awareness, foreign news and the share price. Communication Research, 42, 408-424. DOI: 10.1177/0093650213510940

Lin, R. & Utz, S. (2015). The emotional responses of browsing facebook: happiness, envy, and the role of tie strength. Computers in Human Behavior, 52, 29-38. DOI:10.1016/j.chb.2015.04.064

Utz, S. (2015). The function of self-disclosure on social networking sites: not only intimate, but also positive and entertaining self-disclosures increases the feeling of connection. Computers in Human Behavior, 45, 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.11.076

Utz, S. & Muscanell, N. (2015). Social media and social capital: Introduction to the special issue. Societies, 5, 420-424. DOI: 10.3390/soc5020420.

Utz, S., Muscanell, N. & Göritz, A.S. (2014). Give, match, or take: A new personality construct predicts resource and information sharing. Personality and Individual Differences, 70, 11-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.06.011

Utz, S. (2014). Media and friendships. In M.B. Oliver & A.A. Raney (eds.), Media and social life (pp. 111-123). Routledge: New York, NY.

Schultz, F. & Utz, S. (2013): Krisenkommunikation und Social Media in der vernetzten Gesellschaft. Theoretische Perspektiven und empirische Befunde [Crisis communication and social media in the networked society. Theoretical perspectives and empirical results] (pp. 331-341). In A. Thiessen (Ed.), Handbuch Krisenmanagement [Handbook crisis management]. Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag.

Utz, S. & Schultz, F. (2013). Authentizität im Onlinereputationsmanagement. [Authenticity in online reputation management]. (pp. 169-181). In M. Emmer, A. Filipovic, J.-H. Schmidt, & I. Stapf (eds.). Echtheit, Wahrheit, Ehrlichkeit. Authentizität in der Online-Kommunikation [Genuineness, truth, honesty. Authenticity in online-communication]. Beltz-Juventa.

Utz, S., Schultz, F., & Glocka, S. (2013). Crisis communication online: How medium, crisis type and emotions affected public reactions in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Public Relations Review, 39, 40-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2012.09.010

Schultz, F., Kleinnijenhuis, J., Oegema, D., Utz, S., & Van Atteveldt, W. (2012). Strategic framing in the BP crisis: A semantic network analysis of associative frames. Public Relations Review, 39, 97-107.DOI: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2011.08.003

Utz, S. (2012). Online reputatiemanagement. [Online reputation management]. In B. Van Ruler (Ed.), Communicatie Nu [Communication now]. (pp. 50-52). Amsterdam: Adformatiegroep.

Utz, S. (2012). Selbstoffenbarung und Selbstpräsentation [Self-disclosure and self-presentation]. In L. Reinecke & S. Trepte (Eds.) Unterhaltung in neuen Medien [Entertainment in new media]. (pp. 140 - 157). Cologne: Halem

Utz, S. (2012). Social network site use among Dutch students: Effects of time and platform. In F. Comunello (Ed.), Networked Sociability and Individualism. Technology for Personal and Professional Relationships (pp. 104-126). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Utz, S., Jonas, K.J., & Tonkens, E. (2012). The effects of passion for MMORPGs on interpersonal relationships. Journal of Media Psychology, 24, 77-86. DOI: 10.1027/1864-1105/a000066

Utz, S. & Kerkhof, P., & Van Den Bos, J. (2012). Consumers rule: How consumer reviews influence trust in online stores. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications. 11,49-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.elerap.2011.07.010

Utz, S. & Schultz, F. (2012). Is een crisis via sociale media te beheersen? [Can a crisis be ruled via social media?]. In D. Kok (Ed.), Sociaal kapitaal. De meerwaarde van sociale media voor gemeenten. [Social capital. The added value of social media for municipalities]. (pp. 223-227). Delft: Eburon.

Utz, S., Tanis, M. & Vermeulen, I.E. (2012). It's all about being popular: The effects of need for popularity on social network site use. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15, 37-42. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0651

Baams, L., Jonas, K.J., Utz, S., Bos H.M.W., & Van der Vuurst, L. (2011). Internet use and online social support among same sex attracted individuals of different ages. Computers in Human Behavior, 27, 1820-1827. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2011.04.002

Kleinnijenhuis, J., Van den Hooff, B., Utz, S., Vermeulen, I.E., & Huysman, M. (2011). Social influence in networks of practice: An analysis of organizational communication content. Communication Research, 38, 587-612. DOI: 10.1177/0093650210385225

Schultz, F. Utz, S., & Göritz A. (2011). Is the medium the message? Perceptions of and reactions to crisis communication on twitter, blogs and traditional media. Public Relations Review, 37, 20-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.pubrev.2010.12.001

Utz, S. & Beukeboom, C.J. (2011). The role of social network sites in romantic relationships: Effects on jealousy and relationship happiness. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 16, 511-527. DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2011.01552.x

Steinel, W., Utz, S., & Koning, L. (2010). The good, the bad and the ugly thing to do when sharing information: Revealing, concealing and lying depend on social motivation, distribution and importance of information. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 113, 85-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2010.07.001

Utz, S. (2010). Show me your friends and I will tell you what type of person you are: how own profile, number of friends, and type of friends influence impression formation on social network sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 15, 314-335. DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2010.01522.x

Utz, S. (2010). Using automated "field notes" to observe the behavior of online subjects. In S. D. Gosling & J. A. Johnson (eds.). Advanced methods for conducting behavioral online research (pp. 91-108). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Utz, S. (2009). Egoboo vs. altruism: the role of reputation in online consumer communities. New Media & Society, 11, 371-388. DOI: 10.1177/1461444808101616

Utz, S. (2009). Rebuilding trust after negative feedback: the role of communication. In K. Cook, C. Snyders, V. Buskens & C. Cheshire (eds.), eTrust: Forming relationships in the online world (pp. 215-237). New York: Russell Sage Foundation

Utz, S. (2009). The (potential) benefits of campaigning via Social Network Sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 14, 221-243. DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2009.01438.x

Utz, S. & Krämer, N. (2009). The privacy paradox on social network sites revisited: The role of individual characteristics and group norms. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research in Cyberspace.

Utz, S., Matzat, U., & Snijders, C. (2009). Online Reputation Systems: The Effects of Feedback Comments and Reactions on Building and Rebuilding Trust in Online Auctions. International Journal of Electronic Commerce, 13, 95-118. DOI: 10.2753/JEC1086-4415130304

Konijn, E.A., Utz, S., Tanis, M. & Barnes, S.B. (2008). Introduction. How technology affects human interaction. In E.A. Konijn, S. Utz, M. Tanis & S.B. Barnes (eds.). Mediated interpersonal communication (pp. 3-13). New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Utz, S. (2008). (Selbst)marketing auf Hyves [(Self)marketing on Hyves]. In P. Alpar & S. Blaschke (eds.) Web2.0. Eine empirische Bestandsaufnahme [Web2.0 - an empirical inventory]. (pp. 233 - 258). Wiesbaden: Vieweg & Teubner.

Utz, S. (2008). Social identification with virtual communities. In E. Konijn, S. Utz, M. Tanis, & S. Barnes (Eds.), Mediated interpersonal communication (pp. 252-270). New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Abdala, I. & Utz, S. (2007). Vertrouwen in online winkels. De rol van reputatie, consumenten reviews, en dispositioneel vertrouwen. [Trust in online shops: The role of reputation, consumer reviews and dispositional trust]. C. Laar, R. Ruiter, J. Karremans, W. Van Rijswijk, & F. Va Harreveld (Eds.), Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2006 (pp. 13-22): Groningen: ASPO Pers.

Utz, S. (2007). Media use in long distance friendships. Information, Communication, and Society, 10, 693-712. DOI: 10.1080/13691180701658046

Utz, S., Van Lange, P.A.M., Green, E., Waldzus, S. & Bovina, I. (2005). Mary honest always friendly and is: Can scrambled sentences enhance prosocial motivation? Representative Research in Social Psychology, 28, 59-70.

Utz, S. (2005). Types of deception and underlying motivation: What people think. Social Science Computer Review, 23, 49-56. DOI: 10.1177/0894439304271534

Utz, S. (2004). Enter your email-address: How German Internet users manage their email addresses. Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 7, 241-246. DOI: 10.1089/109493104323024492

Utz, S. (2004). Self-activation is a two-edged sword: The effects of I primes on cooperation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 769-776. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2004.03.001

Utz, S. (2004). Self-construal and cooperation: Is the interdependent self more cooperative than the independent self? Self and Identity, 3, 177-190. DOI: 10.1080/13576500444000001

Utz, S., Ouwerkerk, J.W., Van Lange, P.A.M. (2004). What is smart in a social dilemma? Differential effects of priming competence on cooperation. European Journal of Social Psychology, 34, 317-332. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.200

Utz, S. (2003). How to make friends in virtual worlds: The role of emoticons, motivation, sociability, and skepticism. In S.P. Shovov (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research (Vol. 22, pp. 171-186). New York: Nova Sciences.

Utz, S. (2003). Social identification and interpersonal attraction in MUDs. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 62, 91-101. DOI: 10.1024//1421-0185.62.2.91

Utz, S. (2002). Forms of research in MUDs. In B. Batinic, U.-D. Reips & M. Bosnjak (Eds.), Online Social Sciences (pp. 275-289). Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.

Utz, S. (2002). Interaktion und Identität in virtuellen Gemeinschaften [Interaction and identity in virtual communities]. In B. Bente, N.C. Krämer & A. Petersen (Hrsg.), Virtuelle Realitäten [Virtual realities] (pp. 159-180). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Utz, S. & Jonas, K.J. (2002). MUDs – Ergänzung oder Ersatz traditioneller Bindungen bei jungen Erwachsenen. [Virtual communities - completion or compensation of traditional ties]. Zeitschrift für Medienpsychologie, 14, 52-59.

Utz, S. & Sassenberg, K. (2002). Distributive justice in common-bond and common-identity groups. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 5, 151-162. DOI: 10.1177/1368430202005002542

Utz, S. (2001). Der Aufbau von interpersonalen Beziehungen in MUDs: Die Rolle von Motiven und Kommunikationsstrategien. [The development of interpersonal relationships in MUDs: The role of motives and communication strategies]. Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung, 32, 145-160. Link to paper

Utz, S. (2001). E-communities: Soziale Identifikation mit virtuellen Gemeinschaften. [E-communities: Social identification with virtual communities]. In J. Eberspächer & U. Hertz (Hrsg.), Leben in der e-Society. Computerintelligenz für den Alltag [Living in the e-society] (S. 157-170). Berlin: Springer.

Utz, S. & Sassenberg, K. (2001). Attachment to a virtual seminar: The role of experience, motives, and fulfillment of expectations. In U.-D. Reips & M. Bosnjak (Eds.), Dimensions of Internet Science (pp. 323-336). Lengerich: Pabst.

Utz, S. (2000). Identifikation mit virtuellen Arbeitsgruppen und Organisationen. [Identification with virtual teams and organizations]. In M. Boos, K.J. Jonas, K. Sassenberg (Hrsg.), Computervermittelte Kommunikation in Organisationen. [Computer-mediated communication in organizations]. (S. 41-55). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Utz, S. (2000). Social Information Processing in MUDs: The development of friendships in virtual worlds. Journal of Online Behavior, 1 (1). Retrieved from the World Wide Web: Author version

Utz, S. (2000). Virtuelle Gemeinschaft und traditionelle Bindungen. Comunità virtuale e legami tradizionali [Virtual community and traditional bonds]. In J. Gallenmüller-Roschmann, M. Martini & R. Wakenhut (Hrsg.), Ethnisches und nationales Bewußtsein - Studien zur sozialen Kategorisierung. Coscienza etnica e coscienza nazionale - Studi sulla categorizzazione sociale [Ethnic and national consciousness - studies on social categorization]. (S. 187 - 210). Frankfurt a. Main: Lang.

Utz, S. (1999). Virtuelle Gemeinschaften und soziale Identität. [Computer-mediated communication and social identity]. In M. Bornewasser & R. Wakenhut (Hrsg.), Ethnisches und nationales Bewußtsein - zwischen Globalisierung und Regionalisierung [Ethnic and national consciousness - between globalization and regionalization] (S. 229-244). Frankfurt a. Main: Lang.

Utz, S. (1999). Untersuchungsformen in MUDs. [Different empirical methods of research studying MUDs]. In B. Batinic, L., Graef, A. Werner & W. Bandilla (Hrsg.) Online Research (S. 305-318). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

Utz, S., Rank, B. & Riketta, M. (1999). Strukturwandel und Technisierung - Auswirkungen auf künftige Qualifikationsanforderungen an Bankbeschäftigte. [Structural Change and the Growing Use of Modern Technologies: Effects on Future Demands on Employees' Qualifications]. In M.L. Landmesser & J. Simon (Hrsg.), Bankenmarkt im Wandel [Changing bank market]. (S. 77-107). Wiesbaden: DG-Verlag.

Utz, S. & Sassenberg, K. (1999). Bindung an ein virtuelles Seminar - Die Rolle von Erfahrungen, Motiven und Erwartungserfüllung. [Ties to a virtual seminar - the role of experience, motives, and fulfillment of expectations]. In U.-D. Reips, B. Batinic, W. Bandilla, M. Bosnjak, L. Gräf, K. Moser, & A. Werner (Eds./Hrsg.), Current Internet science - trends, techniques, results. Aktuelle Online Forschung - Trends, Techniken, Ergebnisse. Zürich: Online Press. [WWW document]. Available URL:


Utz, S. (1999). Soziale Identifikation mit virtuellen Gemeinschaften - Bedingungen und Konsequenzen. Lengerich: Pabst.