The #DisconnectionChallenge-Youth, Social Media and Privacy

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Room number: 
FTX 302
Registration required: 
Cost to attend: 
Free of charge
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Dr. Valerie Steeves, Full Professor, University of Ottawa

Dr. Valerie Michaelson, Post-doctoral Researcher, Queen's University


The eQuality Project's Valerie Steeves was approached by a group of eight teens working with the Queen's researcher Valerie Michaelson who were interested in exploring the impact of their own media use on their sense of connection to themselves, to others and to nature. The group decided to go on a one-week media fast: avoiding social media platforms, Internet browsing (except for schoolwork), texting (save for their parents), and listening to music with headphones. They discovered that their social media use had blurred the lines between their public self-representations and their private lives and relationships. After the fast, they chose to cut back on some disclosure practices (such as feeding Snapchat streaks) and were much more deliberate and thoughtful about the information they shared online. Excited by what they had learned, they decided to challenge other youth to undertake their own media fast in order to determine the effects that lower media consumption would have on them, and to see how disconnecting can have its upside. the result was the #DisconnectionChallenge. 

Lunch included. Open to everyone!

*This is a free event. No registration is required. However, attendees can donate online to the Centre whatever they think is fair.*

** This event will be in English only.**

*** The event will be recorded, and photos may be taken.***