OSU-Cascades Science Pub explores social media and mental health on Oct. 10

Brian Primack is dean of the OSU College of Health. His areas of focus include education, technology, human development and medicine.
Oct. 3, 2023

Oregon State University – Cascades’ Science Pub series continues on Oct. 10 with a discussion by Dr. Brian Primack, dean of the OSU College of Health, on how continual exposure to social media can impact mental health.

Primack will draw from his book “You Are What You Click: How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience,” published in 2021. 

He will explore the paradox of many people turning to social media for a sense of connection and comfort yet data show they feel more alone and depressed.

Drawing on more than 20 years of research, Primack will explain the nuances of people’s relationship with social media and its impact on mental health. He encourages people to take back control with a simple method: being more selective, positive and creative with their lives online.

Primack is frequently featured in the media about this topic, including on CNN, NPR, the BBC and the New York Times.

Primack earned bachelor’s degrees in English literature and mathematics from Yale University, a master’s degree in education, human development and psychology from Harvard University, a medical degree from Emory Medical School and a doctorate in clinical and translational science from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Science Pub will take place from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Charles McGrath Family Atrium in Edward J. Ray Hall at OSU-Cascades. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for networking and dining, with the presentation to follow at 6 p.m.

Registration is required and on-campus parking is free. The event is $22 per person, which includes a light, pub-style, pre-lecture dinner by OSU-Cascades’ Edge Catering. The no-host bar will offer beer, wine, cider and soft drinks.

To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/event-registration. Space is limited to 100 attendees.

For accommodations for disabilities contact 541-322-3100 or events@osucascades.edu.

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend brings higher education to Central Oregon, the fastest growing region in the state. Surrounded by mountains, forest and high desert, OSU-Cascades is a highly innovative campus of a top-tier land grant research university, offering small classes that accelerate faculty-student mentoring and experiential learning. Degree programs meet industry and economic needs in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, natural ecosystems, health and wellness, and arts and sciences, and prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. OSU-Cascades is expanding to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, building a 128-acre campus with net-zero goals.