I was honored to speak on the award-winning “Super Awesome Science Show” podcast this week! On this week’s episode, Jason and I talk about some of the research about social media and problems associated with excessive use. I hope you learn something new and interesting by listening!
Our interdisciplinary social media research team has published another piece in the journal of Personality and Individual Differences. This study, led by Dr. Krista Howard in the department of Psychology, explores factors associated with malicious trolling behaviors. Specifically, our research found that participants who identified as male, reported greater need for participation in social media, and greater likelihood to make downward social comparisons on social media were more likely to engage in trolling. These findings, which you can read more about here, help us gain a better understanding of trolls on social media, which we hope lead to more prevention and intervention opportunities.