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Learn and Lunch: Teens, Digital Communication, and the Perils of Lurking Online

January 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC+0

Learn and Lunch with Marion Underwood

Presented by Marion Underwood, Professor and Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences

Marion Underwood is one of the foremost researchers in the developmental origins and outcomes of social aggression and how adolescents’ digital communication relates to adjustment. Her work appears in numerous scientific journals, and the National Institutes of Health has supported her research program since 1995. In 2003, she authored the book, Social Aggression among Girls, and in 2015, she was featured in the CNN special report “#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens.”

Research by Dr. Underwood has shown most online conflicts among teens occur with friends and that “lurking” (slang for reading social media without posting) is associated with psychological distress. In this HHS Learn and Lunch presentation, she will discuss highlights from the longitudinal study she and her research group have been conducting since 2003 on the origins and outcomes of social aggression and how adolescents use digital communication.

“What all youth lose when they spend hours lurking online is time to think, daydream, problem solve, read, converse with others, do homework, enjoy the beauty of nature or engage in physical activity. For others, the price is far greater. Constantly lurking online generates stress and sadness for vulnerable youth because it exposes them to the pain of social exclusion, feeling like everyone else is having a wonderful time and a perfect life.” -Marion Underwood

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January 15, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC+0
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