Episode 8

Gen-Z and Social Media; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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Our eighth episode discusses the topic of social media with an attempt to answer the following question:

How does Generation-Z experience

the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media?

 

Welcoming Our Guests

We were honored to welcome our panel of special guests eager to discuss social media, from their favorite sites to the best way to overcome and cope with online bullying.

Roxanne Darling, Serial entrepreneur and founder, Bare Feet Studios. Roxanne’s eclectic career includes hosting the YouTube sensation, “Beach Walks with Rox” which earned numerous awards and 2+ million downloads.

 

Alix Glaenzer, Freshman, University of Rhode Island. Currently undeclared, Alix is enjoying anthropology, psychology and history classes.

 

Dominique Thomas, Senior at Berkeley College.

 

Alyssa Carrow, Senior at Berkeley College. Aspiring copywriter and social media marketer. Founder of the company "Just A Carrot." a sticker and soon-to-be apparel brand.

Reflections​

The people of GenZ grew up with social media and have experienced various forms of online bullying at an early age. They have learned that being your authentic self requires them to build emotional strength.

 

In their struggle, this generation might have been gifted the freedom to be themselves with less conditioning and a lower desire to please others.

 

They are also well aware of their constant online tracking and more and more see the use of social media as a way to stay connected with people who are physically distant.

It would not be surprising to witness an upcoming trend that spurs new kindred communities as they are craving a more trusted environment.

 

All this leads to building a sense of personal resilience — which feeds back into the community like positive fertilizer. As a community tool, social media can grow the attributes and features that strengthen us rather than divide, harm, and weaken us.

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