Psychologist and author Lisa Damour, PhD, describes the dangers of social media algorithms that lead to over consumption and provides tools for helping teens change their behavior at the #AskTheExperts webinar “Mirror, Mirror, in My Palm: Girls and Media” on September 7, 2022.

[Lisa Damour] Okay. These algorithms. Dr. Choukas-Bradley mentioned these. I have to tell you, these are the things that scare me on social media more than anything else. And Dr. Choukas-Bradley used to describe them so beautifully, I will not repeat, but here’s what I will say. [Dr. Lisa Damour]: In the early days of kids interactions on social technology technologies, they would sometimes fall down a rabbit hole. With the help of algorithms, kids are dragged down rabbit holes now. They do one search for diet. They do one search for before and after images, and then they are suddenly flooded with content. So these are very dangerous. Talk to teenagers about them. Tell them they are being played by social media outfits. Tell them that their attention is being manipulated for money. David Yeager at UT-Austin does great work. Teenagers do not like to be manipulated. He has showed this. Teenagers will change their behavior when they understand they’re manipulated. So talk to them about what is going on.

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Mirror, Mirror, in My Palm: Girls and Media

How does online media affect girls' mental and physical health as they navigate through the increasingly tricky waters of social media and digital interactions?

Body Image
Sexual Content
Social Media