Social Anxiety is Being Fueled by the Vicious Cycle of Social Media

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Join hosts Jessica Reyes and Patricia Wu in this insightful discussion with host guest expert Dr. Dan Bober, as they delve into the fascinating findings of a recent study published in BMC Psychology. This segment sheds light on the intriguing link between social anxiety, celebrity worship, and the rise of parasocial relationships through social media. Discover how celebrities might be serving as a social substitute for those struggling with real-life interactions.

Understanding Parasocial Relationships

Learn what parasocial relationships are and how social anxiety can lead people to form one-sided connections with celebrities, using them as a substitute for real social interactions.

The Vicious Cycle of Celebrity Worship

Discover the cycle of social anxiety leading to increased phone dependence, and how this fuels a deeper celebrity worship, making it harder to engage in real-life social situations.

Alternatives to Celebrity Obsession

Explore practical advice from Dr. Dan Bober on finding balance. Learn about meditation, exercise, and the importance of real human interactions as healthier alternatives to constant social media and celebrity content consumption.

Whether you’re a socially anxious college student or just curious about the impact of celebrity culture on our mental health, this video is a must-watch. Tune in to gain valuable insights and practical tips on navigating social connections in a healthier way.

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