As I’m putting together this list of social media TED talks, I’m working on writing a post about social media. Specifically, social media as it applies to blogging — along with the inevitable question of whether the upsides of social media are worth the downsides.
During the process of writing that post, I went down the rabbit hole of looking at social media TED talks and started getting sucked into the YouTube vortex. So I’m compiling this list so I can watch the videos in small doses. Overwhelmingly, of course, the videos are about the harmful effects of social media, but some look at its positives.
I started compiling this list for my own use, but then decided to post it here. This isn’t ALL of the many TED talks about social media, but, possibly, most of them. As I mentioned, I haven’t yet watched them all, but I’ll likely come back and add some commentary as I get the chance to view each one. And I may add some extra videos to the mix, including non-TED talk videos.
1Allison Graham: How Social Media Makes Us Unsocial
2Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health: Bailey Parnell
At one point in this talk, Bailey Parnell talks in the language of “safe sex,” telling us that while she feels that we can no longer practice abstinence when it comes to social media, we can be “safe but social,” and lays out some strategies for a happier and less self-esteem-damaging online experience.
While I think her points are all good, there’s much more to say on the topic of ways to manage social media in ways that don’t hurt your sanity than can be said in a short TED talk. (And your friend just might need an explanation why you unfollowed her when you’re following Grumpy Cat.)
3Social Media is Making Us Unsocial by Kristin Galucci
4Addicted to Likes: Poppy Jamie
5Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life: Katherine Ormerod
6Quit Social Media: Dr. Cal Newport
7Live in the Moment: Delete Social Media
8Live in the Moment: Delete Social Media: Mayurakshi Ghosal
What You Are Missing While Being a Digital Zombie: Patrik Wincent
9What I Learned from My Social Media Fast: Amber Quinney
10The Impact of Social Media on Youth: Katanu Mbevi
11Our Body Image and Social Media: Keisha and Teagan Simpson
12Social Media Isn’t Even Real (Even if It Looks Like It Is)
13Social Media Addiction: Leslie Coutterand
14The Dark and Light of Social Media
15How Social Media Shapes Identity: Ulrike Schultze
Wait! I had forgotten that Second Life exists! This interesting talk points out that, while we shape technologies they, in turn, shape us. However, she looks at this not through the social media channels I usually use but through Second Life. Still, she makes some good points about how technologies can shape our identities and how they can give us limited sets of options in that regard.
16This is Your Brain on Social Media
17The Role of Social Media in Our Lives
18Social Media: The Ultimate Shame Game? Joanna Fortune
19Social Media: The Double-Edged Sword
20How Social Media Creates a Better World: Jan Rezab
21A Fast Solution to Our Social Media Addiction
22The Transformative Power of Social Media
23Rebuilding Self-Esteem After an Addiction to Social Media
24How Social Media Can Make History: Clay Shirkey
25Facebook Fearless: How Social Media Can be Good for You
26Reimagining the Way We Use Social Media
27How do Social Media Images Affect Our Minds
28How Craving Attention Makes You Less Creative: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
29Social Media Dystopia
30What Happens When You Share Stories on Social Media: Ruth Page
31Is Social Media Good for You: Cliff Lampe
32The Right Way to Use Social Media: Paula La Croix
33Building Brand: The Power of Social Media
34What I Learned from a Social Media Detox
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