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Social media has transformed society, culture and the ways in which we interact and present ourselves. What happens as the rift between the real self and ideal self grows wider? Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about the perfect lifestyle projected online? Have you ever craved for just a few more followers or likes in pursuit of that perfect feeling?

Experts say social media can negatively impact mental health, sleep cycles and social skills, while others argue the merits of the endless possibilities of connectivity and informal learning outweigh the pitfalls.

Autumn Brown
Autumn Brown is a PhD student at Trinity College Dublin and a researcher for Science Gallery Dublin, specialising in Science Communication. She also coordinates social media for the world's largest independent oceanographic research institution’s, Woods Hole Oceanographic.

Alex Calder
Passionate about story-telling and crafting tone of voice, Alex is a content creator and award-winning social media specialist with experience in building brands both local and global. In December 2015, her side project @betweentwoears - an Instagram account devoted to shots from horseback - achieved the holy grail of being featured by Instagram and included on their suggested user list. Since this brush with Insta-fame, Alex has become increasingly interested in the intersection of Instagram and reality, the impact it has on life, and the amount of control that we can exert over it.

Kristina Kapanova
Kristina Kapanova is a research fellow based in the Trinity College ADAPT Centre. Her area of expertise is focused on algorithms, data mining and data structures and she is currently working with ADAPT’s Heliosphere to build a product that identifies the future needs of social media to create more meaningful communication.

Ciara Mahon
Ciara Mahon is a Health Psychology PhD student at Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on social media and its effects on youth and adolescent body image. Ciara is interested in identifying ways to counter body dissatisfaction and self-criticism arising from social media use in youths. Her research has culminated in the development of a digital resilience programme that aims to improve body image and self-compassion in adolescents.

Gillian Roddie
Gillian Roddie is a researcher, educator and active social influencer with a focus on myth busting common misconceptions in health and science. She is passionate about lifelong learning and science communication.




The event takes place as part of Culture Night - an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture. Returning for its fourteenth year, Culture Night 2019 will take place on Friday September 20th, with hundreds of free events taking place in venues across Ireland.


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