How to live in balance with social media will be topic of Oregon State Science Pub on Sept. 6

Oregon State University’s Science Pub series will return to an in-person format for the first time in more than two years with a talk about living in balance with social media at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Old World Deli in Corvallis.

The free event, which can also be viewed online, will feature a presentation by Dr. Brian Primack, who started his service as dean of Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences on June 30.

He will draw from his book “You Are What You Click: How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience,” which was published in 2021.

He points out that while many people turn to social media looking for a sense of connection and comfort, the data show that it may paradoxically leave people feeling more alone and depressed.

Drawing on more than 20 years of research, he explains the nuances of people’s relationship with social media and its impact on mental health. He encourages people to take back control with a simple method: being more selective, positive and creative with their lives online. He is frequently featured in the media about this topic, including last week on CNN.

“Everyone who’s used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok knows that they’re a double-edged sword,” Primack said. “Some days, social media can catalyze connection, warmth and generosity, but on others, it can breed feelings of depression, isolation, anxiety and even hatred. So, how do we live in balance with social media in a complicated world? That is what I will discuss.”

Registration is required to attend Science Pub in person or to view it online.

Sponsors of Science Pub include the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Old World Deli and Oregon State University.

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