The annual researchers’ day across Europe on 29 September had me talking about social media at two different events.
My research partner Dr Andrea Tonner and I met up with students at City of Glasgow College, where we played a game of social media scenarios and got them talking about how they would respond in those situations. In the end, they shared reaching new insights about how they use social media and how they think about interactions there.
A couple of hours later we were at the Tinderbox coffee house, talking to a group of students, parents, professionals about the dark side of social media when it comes to body image and sleep. Dr Maria Gardani and Dr Heather Woods from University of Glasgow are psychologists who explore sleep disturbances and their relationship to brain trauma, self-esteem and social media. Participants learned that staying on their mobile phones right until bedtime can disturb their sleep, that the signs of poor sleep habits are many and quite varied, and that good sleep hygiene (recommended bedtime routines that wind you down) pays off with better sleep and being rested in the morning. So, get off Snapschat, Facebook and Twitter, leave the phone on the dinner table and head to the bedroom device-free. In the morning, you’ll be happy you did.