Instagram Knows When You’re Hovering Ft. Dr. Emily Weinstein

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Aleen and Sami are back and they’re joined by Harvard University research fellow, Dr. Emily Weinstein. Dr. Weinstein specializes in the research of social media’s effects on mental health. At 3:30 they talk about the difference between active and passive social media use citing that passive use can make you feel extremely disconnected. At 10:00 they explain the struggles of capturing data analysis because social media is changing so rapidly for each generation so interpretation of social media has become a variable as opposed to a constant. Sami and Aleen are shook at the drastic change in social media platforms since they were 18 years old. At 18:30 they talk about the fact that because of social media, children’s social maturity is coming of age earlier than ever. At 38:00 Dr. Weinstein explains that she’s actually more worried about the effect of video games on the psyche of young men than the effect of social media on young women. At 44:00 they talk about what the social media landscape might look like for the next generation.

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