Social Media Addiction
In this lecture Dr Kuss will introduce the concept of being ‘always on’ as a demarcating sign of today’s technophilic society.
Social media use has become the status quo with most people in the Western world being connected to each other via their portable devices most of the time. This constant connectivity has led to concerns about users’ mental health and wellbeing and social media use has been associated with a number of psychosocial and health problems. These include anxiety, depression, stress and addiction. Following fifteen years of research in the area, Dr Kuss will address the issue of social media addiction by outlining the state of the art investigations in this new and emerging field. She will discuss what the empirical research on social media addiction has taught us, and will provide suggestions for future analysis as well as public policy recommendations.
Audience members will be expected to turn off their mobile phones but are welcome to use them as examples during questions.
About the speaker
Dr Daria Kuss is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Associate Professor in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. She has an international reputation as an internet addiction expert and is an award-winning author, with her books Internet addiction - Evidence-based practice in psychotherapy (Hogrefe) and The Oxford Handbook of Cyberpsychology (OUP) having been published in 2019.
Her research has been covered in international news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the BBC. Dr Kuss has published prolifically in peer-reviewed journals and books and her publications include over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, three authored books, one edited book and over 100 national and international conference presentations including regular keynote talks. She has worked with the World Health Organization, the European Parliament, and the Government Council of the Czech Republic. Her work has been featured in House of Commons Select Committee reports.
Read our short interview with Dr Daria Kuss here.
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