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Blowing off STEAM: Psychology of Social Media



November 14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Bootlegger
31 West Church Street
Newark, OH 43055 United States

Science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) talks are informal presentations free and open to the public. November topic: Psychology of Social Media, featuring Dr. Brad Okdie from Ohio State University at Newark.

Abstract for our November Event: After studying Internet relationships for over 15 years, I have come to believe that all Internet relationships are motivated by our fundamental need to belong in social groups. The Internet affords people novel and unique ways in which to create and maintain these social connections that have real psychological and physical consequences. For example, my recent research shows that burdensome Facebook friends (the ones that constantly posts about their political beliefs, cat, and children) may cause you physical pain. One way to deal with these painful Facebook friends is to exclude them—but should you? During this discussion, I will touch on the psychological and physical consequences of media use. Come listen before you hit the “unfriend” key.