Episode 48: Social Media: Is It Really That Bad?

With Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms facing new scrutiny on Capitol Hill, we thought it was time to ask ourselves, the real experts, how bad these digital life-support devices really are. Yeah, we know we all spend way too much time on our phones.

We know we’d be happier and healthier if we spent more time IRL with our friends and families, getting outdoors, pursuing our passions and hobbies, serving our communities, all that good stuff… but for most of us, if we want to have a social life, checking out of social media isn’t really an option.

So how can young users avoid the worst of it—the toxic lifestyle pressure, the cyberbullying, the disinformation that’s tearing society apart—while making the best of our online addictions?

We have thoughts.

The podcasters:

  • Cierra Britten, University of Cincinnati (host)
  • Robert Thikkurissy, University of Cincinnati, Transition & Access Program
  • Enock Sadiki, Aiken H.S.
  • Tasnim Saad, Aiken H.S.
  • Hafsah Daikho, Aiken H.S.

Conversation recorded on Zoom Oct. 10, 2021

More listening and learning:

Ari Shapiro talks with young people about social media on NPR’s All Things Considered

This New York Times’ Lesson of the Day features the Facebook whistleblowers’ testimony to Congress, and the fallout

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