Episode 37 – “Social Media and Happiness” – Guest: Donna Freitas

If you spend any time at all on social media, you know just how important the “likes” are. Getting “likes” and positive feedback on your posts in money in the bank. It’s a sign of social media success. But does the pursuit of online attention and a growing number of followers cause us to compromise ourselves? Researcher Donna Freitas has found that our engagement with technology has led to what she calls the Happiness Effect. What this means is that we are very easily driven to appear perfect at any cost, including our ability to be vulnerable, honest and in community. We’re talking to Donna Freitas about her book “The Happiness Effect” and a whole lot more on this episode of Youth Culture Matters.

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Books Mentioned or Recommended:
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The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost by Donna Freitas
Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses
 by Donna Freitas
The Next Story: Faith, Friends, Family and the Digital World
 by Tim Challies

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