#11: What on earth do I do about social media?

with Charlotte Markey, PhD

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In this episode we discuss…

  • the current availability of research on social media and positive body image

  • why you can’t overdose on Instagram and we shouldn’t overreact to its dangers

  • Dr. Markey’s acronym for understanding what the evidence says about relating to social media

  • protective filtering of social media

  • the value of avoiding social media at certain times

  • why kids respond positively to parents setting limits on social media use

  • research on the impact of being highly invested in social media

  • the role of social comparison in social media, and how it impacts body image

  • research on self-compassion as an antidote to comparison

  • examples of how to talk to kids about social media

  • adding diversity to social media feeds

  • empowering use of social media algorithms and how to increase diversity in advertisements

Psychologist Dr. Charlotte Markey talks us through the latest research on the impact of social media on body image. She also shares her easy-to-remember acronym for the four steps parents can follow to help protect against the harmful effects of social media.

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Dr. Charlotte Markey, Ph.D, began studying about all things eating behavior, weight management and body image over 20 years ago. Markey is a psychology professor at Rutgers University and founder of its Health Sciences Center. Her first book, “Smart People Don’t Diet: How the Latest Science Can Help You Lose Weight Permanently” was called “possibly the best book about weight loss ever written,” by Scientific American. Her second book (co-edited with Drs. Elizabeth Daniels and Meghan Gillen), “Body Positive: Understanding and Improving Body Image in Science and Practice,” was published in the summer of 2018.

Markey has published nearly 100 book chapters and journal articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has hundreds of presentations to her name at universities across the U.S. and at national and international conferences. Markey also blogs for publications including US News and World Report and conducts seminars, talks and presentations to hundreds of people a year. Her research has garnered widespread media attention, and she has also been featured in and interviewed by numerous publications, radio shows, and television shows.

Markey completed her B.S. at Santa Clara University and her Ph.D. at University of California–Riverside.

Visit Dr. Markey’s website or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

Jordan Best