Portraits used to be for corporate executives, holiday cards and elementary school children on picture day. Now, everyone can, and does, take their own picture any time, any place, all day long. Sharing used to mean sending something in an envelope with stamp to one person at a time. Now sharing happens with a click of a button and your thoughts and image instantly are broadcast to the world on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Flickr. As my Nana used to say, what’s the world coming to? And more importantly, what should we do about it?
As a media psychologist, I’m always trying to figure out the ‘how’s and ‘why’s. My background is in psychology AND technology. It takes knowledge of both to make sense out of what people are doing. Social media is both the next best thing since sliced bread or a real troublemaker, depending upon how you use it. This can be a real challenge for parents who grew up with a watch on their wrist not an iPhone in their pocket. When I’m not teaching or writing, I work with parents trying to figure out how to do their job while competing with text messaging and Facebook. I also consult with organizations of all sizes who are trying not to end up with customers sharing their complaints on YouTube. Social media and mobile devices aren't going away, so let's figure out how to use them well!
On Thursday, January 9, I will join Dr. Pam Peeke and Michelle at 2:00 pm EST to talk about the highs and lows of selfies and ways to keep social media use healthy. Bring your questions! Believe it or not, selfies and social media can be great tools when you’re thinking about making life changes. I'd love to tell you how!
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