Dr Philip Powell, Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Analysis of Decision-making (InstEAD) presented his work on the impacts of social media use on young people’s wellbeing to a community group of older adults, at the Stephen Hill Methodist Church, Crosspool, Sheffield.

Philip is one of a number of University of Sheffield academics speaking to the group about their research over the next academic year. In his talk he presented an overview of children’s changing media usage and contemporary concerns about social media, as well as the costs and benefits of digital connectivity for children’s emotional wellbeing, and the contemporary political initiatives designed to begin to tackle the problem.
This community outreach activity follows research in which he and a team of Sheffield researchers found that children who spend more time social networking online feel less happy with a number of different aspects of their lives.

 

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