XPRT Talk 2
11 JUN, 2020
This very relevant XPRT talk by Newristics' Chelsea Burkey and Rex Parks focuses on emotional and mental health in the context of social media and how this can be explained using decision heuristic science. Heuristics are mental shortcuts that we use to interpret ourselves and the world around us. Chelsea explains how heuristics like Sensationalism bias, Conversational Bias, Faulty generalization and Distinction bias in the context of excessive social media exposure can be damaging to emotional and mental health of an individual. She also explains how excessive social media usage can lead us to a place of constantly seeking validation through Facebook and Twitter and how mimicry heuristic and instant gratification heuristic can explain certain behaviors.