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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

Why We Use Social Media: Evolution, Neuroscience, and Problematic Use

Prof. Dar Meshi

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Around two decades ago, Internet pioneers created online platforms that allow users to create profiles and interact with others. Today, almost 3 billion people worldwide use these social networking sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. This talk will explain why we are driven to use these sites, the neuroscience underlying our use of these sites, and how social media use may become excessive and problematic.

Prof. Dar Meshi is a cognitive neuroscientist investigating problematic social media use and how the brain processes social information. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. He is also a faculty member in the Neuroscience Program. Prof. Meshi earned his B.S. in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York.

This is the fifth in a six-lecture series. The subject is Social Media Research: What We Know Now. The next lecture will be February 13, 2020. The title is: Is Technology Killing Privacy?
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  • $10 for an individual lecture. Payable at the door. Checks preferred. $35 for the entire series of 6 lectures.

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