- Annual Summer Workshop Teaches Middle School Girls About Digital Wellbeing
August 28, 2022
The five-day program allowed students to co-design an app to promote positive social media use and featured Wellesley College students and expert speakers on STEM.
- Good Morning America: Parents sue TikTok after daughter dies attempting 'blackout' social media challenge
Dr. Linda Charmaraman shares insights from her research on youth social media use and wellbeing.
- ABC News: LGBTQ+ community facing increased social media bias, author says
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares research findings on LGBTQ teens' social media use.
- New Study Will Investigate How Discrimination Affects the Mental Health of Asian American Adolescents
The long-term aim of the study is to develop evidence on how parents, peers, and social media can mitigate the negative health consequences of discrimination.
- Study Examines Parents' Perspectives on the Benefits and Challenges of Adolescent Pet Companionship
May 23, 2022
Adolescents’ relationships with their pets can be very important, since adolescents are at a developmental stage when they’re relying less on their families and more on other relationships in their lives—both human and animal.
- Business Insider India: How does social media affect teenagers? Understanding the mental health impact — and why it's not all bad
Research on body image from Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., is cited in an article on teen wellbeing.
- Now Recruiting Middle School Girls for 2022 Virtual Summer Workshop on Digital Wellbeing
April 21, 2022
Researchers are looking for middle school girls to participate in a free workshop on designing healthier social media experiences.
- New Youth Advisory Board Guides Digital Wellbeing Workshops
April 1, 2022
The Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab recently created a Youth Advisory Board to inform the development of its virtual digital wellbeing workshops.
- Verywell Health: Social Media Didn’t Cause Teens’ Pandemic Stress
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses her research on teens' social media use during the pandemic.
- Scary Mommy: TikTok For Young Kids? No Thanks
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares her expertise on the minimum age for joining social media.
- Washington Post: Instagram is touting safety features for teens. Mental health advocates aren’t buying it.
Linda Charmaraman, PhD., contributes an expert opinion on Instagram's impact on teens.
- Scary Mommy: How Young Is Too Young For Social Media?
Research from our Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab explores the impacts of using social media at a young age.
- Diverse Data Samples Drive Social Change
Through the lens of her work on youth, media, and wellbeing, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., explains how diverse data samples can help to better support underserved populations.
- Speaking of Psychology: How social media affects teens’ mental health and well-being, with Linda Charmaraman, PhD
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares her expertise on the mental health benefits and drawbacks of social media.
- Verywell Mind: TikTok May Be to Blame for Rising Cases of Tic Like Behaviors in Teen Girls
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses a new social media trend.
- Fast Company: How young is too young for social media? Behavioral scientists are closer to an answer
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares findings from her research on social media use in younger children.
- Joining Social Media Before Age 11 Is Associated With Problematic Digital Behaviors
October 27, 2021
A new study finds that limiting access lessens some negative effects of social media use among younger users.
- Verywell Mind: Facebook Knew Instagram Was Harmful to Mental Health of Teen Girls, Said Nothing
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares her expertise on leaked research studies about Instagram’s impact on teens.
- Verywell Family: New Study Finds Kids Who Spend More Time on Screens Have More Close Friends
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares her findings on the link between youth screen time and their social development.
- Channel Q: The Safe Spaces On Social Media for LGBTQ+ Youth
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses social media use among LGBTQ youth on the Channel Q radio show, Let's Go There.
- The Conversation: Social media gives support to LGBTQ youth when in-person communities are lacking
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares findings from a new journal article on LGBTQ youth social media use.
- The New York Times: Worried About Your Teen on Social Media? Here’s How to Help.
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares findings on middle school students' social media use.
- Middle Schoolers Learn About STEM and Digital Wellbeing During Annual Summer Workshop
September 1, 2021
Middle school students learned about STEM concepts and healthy social media use during a workshop hosted by the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab.
- ScreenStrong Families: How YouTube Impacts Middle School Development
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares findings from her research on middle schoolers' social media use.
- New Research on the Health and Wellbeing of LGBTQ+ Teens
Several new studies from Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., and Jennifer M. Grossman, Ph.D., help us understand more about the experiences of LGBTQ+ teens.
- Wellesley News: Senior Snapshot: Rachel Hodes Finds Joy in an Unusual Year
Wellesley College student Rachel Hodes worked with Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., during the 2020-21 academic year.
- MEDIUM: Prototyping for Social Wellbeing with Early Social Media Users
Professor Catherine Delcourt, who partners with Dr. Linda Charmaraman in our Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab, discusses findings from their digital wellbeing workshops for middle school students.
- Lifewire: Why Audio Is the Next Big Thing in Social Media
Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses the rise of private audio chats and interactive social media.
- Now Recruiting Middle School Girls for 2021 Virtual Summer Workshop on STEM/Digital Wellbeing
April 26, 2021
We are looking for middle school girls to participate in a free virtual summer learning program that begins on July 19, 2021.
- Wellesley Weston Magazine: Promoting Healthy Social Media Use
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses the meaning of healthy social media usage in this feature in Wellesley Weston Magazine.
- New Research Looks at How Social Media Affects Adolescents' Body Image
February 24, 2021
A recently published journal article explores social media’s role in influencing adolescents' attitudes toward body image.
- Accents: Promoting Healthy Social Media Use
WCW Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., is featured in Accents discussing teens and technology during COVID-19.
- FORBESIGNITE: Dr. Linda Charmaraman, Scientific Advisor
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., has been appointed as Forbes Ignite's new Scientific Advisor.
- Linda Charmaraman Appointed Forbes Ignite Scientific Advisor
December 15, 2020
Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., has been appointed as Forbes Ignite’s new Scientific Advisor.
- FORBESIGNITE: Dr. Linda Charmaraman
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses her research on the Forbes Ignite podcast, Inner Wealth.
- Study Examines the Role of Pets in Adolescents’ Online Social Interactions
A journal article co-authored by Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., explores how pets can act as either a substitute or a complement to social interactions online.
- Medical Xpress: Quantity, content, and context of social media use may affect adolescents' sleep
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., of WCW and the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab is quoted in this article describing her new study on adolescent sleep and bedtime technology habits.
- Quantity, content, and context of social media use may affect adolescents’ sleep
November 2, 2020
A new study finds that the quantity of social technology use, type of content viewed, and social context is significantly related to later bedtimes and less sleep for early adolescents.
- VeryWellHealth: Dogs Significantly Improve Teens' Social Development, New Research Finds
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., of WCW and the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab was mentioned in this article that describes the links between pet ownership and teen social development.
- Lifewire: Why is Facebook Going Back to College?
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., of WCW is quoted in this article discussing Facebook in the time of COVID-19 as it relates to incoming college students.
- WCW Hosts Workshop for Middle Schoolers on STEM, Digital Wellbeing, and Identity
August 20, 2020
The Wellesley Centers for Women teamed up with the Wellesley College Computer Science Department to host a virtual workshop that helped adolescents explore their identities, introduced them to STEM concepts, and taught them about healthy social media use.
- Education Dive: Navigating cyberbullying more difficult amid COVID-19, but there are options
Senior Research Scientst Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., spoke with Education Dive about the positive ways middle schoolers have been using social media during COVID-19.
- Webinar Links Remote Learning, Social Technology, and Social and Emotional Learning
July 31, 2020
Two programs of the Wellesley Centers for Women collaborated to host a webinar that explored the roles of social technology and SEL in remote learning.
- Now Recruiting Middle School Students for Virtual Summer Workshop on STEM/Digital Wellbeing
July 13, 2020
The Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab is looking for middle school students to participate in a free summer learning program that begins July 27.
- When Social Distancing Collides with Social Media
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares tips for parents wondering how to help their children maintain a healthy relationship with social media during isolation.
- Bay State Parent: When social distancing collides with social media
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., comments on the positive and negative impacts social media use can have during COVID-19.
- Q&A with Student Research Assistant Katie Du
May 14, 2020
Undergraduate student research assistant Katie Du reflects on her work with our Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab, and her experience as an international student at Wellesley during a pandemic.
- Your Teen Magazine: There is Plenty to be Gained from Social Media for Middle Schoolers
Dr. Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses the positive and negative impact of teen and tween social media use during COVID-19 in a video interview with Your Teen Magazine.
- Insider: How Social Media Affects The Mental Health of Teenagers
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., and her research is quoted in this article on the impact of social media on the health of teens.
- The Week: The Truth About Tweens and Screens
Senior research scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares her insight on the different ways kids engage with and feel the effects of social media.
- Adolescent Development in an Age of Social Media
January 29, 2020
Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., served as a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Adolescent Research focused on adolescent and emerging adult development in an age of social media.
- Wired: I Monitor My Teens' Electronics, and You Should Too
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., director of the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab discusses the evidence for parental monitoring of online and mobile content and associated positive outcomes.
- Baystate Parent: Should You Buy Your Tween a Smartphone? An expert weighs in
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., senior research scientist, discusses some of the important factors parents should consider when thinking about purchasing a cell phone for their tweens.
- New York Post: Why Teens Shoot Video of Violence Instead of Helping
Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., director of the Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab, discusses the causes of a growing phenomenon: teens’ failure to act in situations of violence.
- Wellesley College: Wellesley Centers for Women Partners with Local Middle School to Promote Healthy Social Media Use
Senior research scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., helps teach middle schoolers about social media’s impact on their lives and healthy ways to use it.
- WCW Partners with Local Middle School to Promote Healthy Social Media Use
July 29, 2019
Dr. Linda Charmaraman turned her research into action when she co-led a workshop teaching middle schoolers to use social media in healthy ways.
- NIH Awards Wellesley Centers for Women Funding to Promote Undergraduate Research
October 17, 2018
NIH awarded WCW $450,000 over three years to study social media use of early adolescents while providing Wellesley College students with hands-on research opportunities.