Our Love Hate Relationship With Social Media

Oct 31, 2019

Our growing reliance on social media over the past decade has raised a lot of questions about privacy, civility, safety and addiction. In the past few years we’ve added the questions about the integrity of our democracy to this list.   

In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe explores the ethical questions surrounding social media and how those questions are, or are not, influencing our behavior. 

She’s joined by Iulian Vamanu, assistant professor in the School of Library and Information at the University of Iowa; Douglass Gentile, professor of psychology at Iowa State University; and Dr. Amy Shriver, Pediatrician at Blank Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of specialty medicine at Des Moines University.

Together they discuss our emotional dependency on social media and why it may be so hard for many people to give it up. They also explore some of the unique challenges young people and their parents face when they use social media.

Guest:

  • Iulian Vamanu, assistant professor for the school of library and information at the University of Iowa
  • Douglass Gentile, professor of psychology at Iowa State University
  • Dr. Amy Shriver, pediatrician at Blank Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of specialty medicine at Des Moines University