Social media and the boredom pandemic

  • Date: 11 September 2021
  • Time: 13:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Cramphorn Studio
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A young woman looking at her phone

What effects are screens, social media and the widespread desire to be constantly entertained having on us and, importantly, our mental health?  

In an era of lockdowns, we became reliant on social media to keep us connected and curb boredom. 

From YouTube videos giving advice on things to do when you’re bored, to TikTok and (now extinct) Vine content of people being bored, it’s clear we live in an age of anxiety surrounding boredom. 

Dr Tina Kendall (ARU), a film and media studies researcher, talks with social commentator and Instagrammer, Many Mandefield to explore our widespread unease with boredom and the impact of social media, and the constant need for connection, on mental health.

Is it time to start welcoming 'dullness'?

  • Date: 11 September 2021
  • Time: 13:30 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Cramphorn Studio
Book via the British Science Festival website
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