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Verywell Health: Social Media Didn’t Cause Teens’ Pandemic Stress

March 14, 2022

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses her research on teens' social media use during the pandemic.

Scary Mommy: TikTok For Young Kids? No Thanks

Graphic depicting social mediaJanuary 31, 2022

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.

A girl looks sad and tired while using her phoneDecember 7, 2021

Linda Charmaraman, PhD., contributes an expert opinion on Instagram's impact on teens.

Scary Mommy: How Young Is Too Young For Social Media?

young teen boy using smartphoneNovember 14, 2021

Research from our Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab explores the impacts of using social media at a young age. 

Speaking of Psychology: How social media affects teens’ mental health and well-being, with Linda Charmaraman, PhD

A tired girl using her phone under the blanketNovember 10, 2021

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

Illustration of a brain in the side profile with cogs and wheelsNovember 6, 2021

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

A young girl lying down on a sofa with her dog while using her phoneOctober 29, 2021

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares findings from her research on social media use in younger children.

Verywell Mind: Facebook Knew Instagram Was Harmful to Mental Health of Teen Girls, Said Nothing

A teenage girl using her phone while lying on a sofaOctober 6, 2021

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

Teen boy using a smartphoneSeptember 29, 2021

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

Teens holding LGBT and trans pride flagsSeptember 28, 2021

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

Illustration of teens using smartphonesSeptember 28, 2021

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.

Black teen girl uses smartphone while boredSeptember 21, 2021

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares findings on middle school students' social media use.

ScreenStrong Families: How YouTube Impacts Middle School Development

June 18, 2021

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares findings from her research on middle schoolers' social media use.

Wellesley News: Senior Snapshot: Rachel Hodes Finds Joy in an Unusual Year

A picture of then-Wellesley senior Rachel Hodes on campus.May 17, 2021

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

This photo shows a group of girls looking at mobile phone and smiling.May 10, 2021

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

microphoneApril 26, 2021

Senior Research Scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses the rise of private audio chats and interactive social media.

Wellesley Weston Magazine: Promoting Healthy Social Media Use

Three little girls spending time together and sharing a smartphone while outdoors.March 8, 2021

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses the meaning of healthy social media usage in this feature in Wellesley Weston Magazine.

Accents: Promoting Healthy Social Media Use

Student on a phone in bedFebruary 19, 2021

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

December 15, 2020

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., has been appointed as Forbes Ignite's new Scientific Advisor. 

FORBESIGNITE: Dr. Linda Charmaraman

Child sitting with phone in bedDecember 10, 2020

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., discusses her research on the Forbes Ignite podcast, Inner Wealth.

Medical Xpress: Quantity, content, and context of social media use may affect adolescents' sleep

A young girl is looking at a mobile phone in bed. November 3, 2020

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.

VeryWellHealth: Dogs Significantly Improve Teens' Social Development, New Research Finds

Girl with dogOctober 14, 2020

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?

A student sitting at a deskSeptember 24, 2020

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.

Education Dive: Navigating cyberbullying more difficult amid COVID-19, but there are options

three students posing in front of computersAugust 7, 2020

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.

Bay State Parent: When social distancing collides with social media

Teenage Girls with CellphoneMay 21, 2020

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., comments on the positive and negative impacts social media use can have during COVID-19.

Your Teen Magazine: There is Plenty to be Gained from Social Media for Middle Schoolers

Dr. Linda Charmaraman is interviewed by Your Teen MagazineApril 17, 2020

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

Teens on phonesMarch 18, 2020

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

February 21, 2020

Senior research scientist Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., shares her insight on the different ways kids engage with and feel the effects of social media.

Wired: I Monitor My Teens' Electronics, and You Should Too

January 27, 2020

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

Teenage Girls With CellphoneDecember 18, 2019

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

September 19, 2019

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

August 19, 2019

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.





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