The following presentation by researcher, professor and psychiatrist, Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, took place at the Social Media Safety in Schools (SMSS) 2018 event, hosted by After School.
Dr. Elias Aboujaoude is a Stanford University psychiatrist and the author of Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the e-Personality, a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Dr. Aboujaoude spoke to SMSS Conference participants on issues related to teen mental health, suicide prevention, and social media, and also answered questions from the audience. Read our full recap of the 2018 Social Media Safety in Schools Conference here.
- “We either study negative aspects of social media … or solutions; we either study cyberbullying or mobile psychotherapy apps. Very few people look at the problem from both angles.”
- (On how online anonymity, like traditional psychoanalysis where the analyst sits behind the patient, can lead to over-sharing) “If there’s no eye contact, the patient is a lot more likely to open up about taboos and instincts and dark desires.”
- “We went from assuming that the internet brought perfect democracy to really questioning the negative effects on democracy itself.”
- “Kids are very reluctant to complain about cyberbullying, because the last thing they want to see is their electronics to be taken away or their time online to be curtailed.”
- “However, these technologies are here to stay. No one wants to go back to living life before Google … Logging off is not an option, so it’s imperative to find ways to use them in healthy and responsible ways.”
- “We must leverage technology to solve technology related problems.”