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Patterns of Social Media Behaviors Relate to our Emotions and Wellbeing

February 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Social media has become a large part of our everyday lives. As a society, we continue to devote an increasing amount of time to these online platforms, engaging with a wealth of information from our friends to celebrities, family members to politicians, cat videos to devastating world news. Increasing rates of social media use along with high rates of mental illness have led many researchers to begin examining how social media use and mental health may be related. Perhaps surprisingly, only a few consistent conclusions have been drawn in this area, leaving researchers and community members alike wondering if and how social media use may be affecting our mental health. This presentation will focus on a newly developed model of understanding social media use that categorizes social media behaviors into four broad patterns. Topics discussed will include an overview of what these four different patterns of social media behaviors are, how they have been observed to impact people’s emotions in the moment, and how they are shown to correlate with various components of psychological wellbeing.

All Sunday Programming

9:45–10:45 a.m. Forum
9:45–10:45 a.m. Raising Ethical Humans
9:45–10:45 a.m. Youth Activity Hour
10:55 a.m. to Noon Ethical Education Classes
11 a.m. to Noon Platform
Noon to 1 p.m. Pledge Lunch
12:30–1:30 p.m. Finding Connections Book Club
7–9 p.m. Creative Writing Night

Complimentary childcare available for ages 0-5 in our nursery from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Stream Platform on YouTube.


Alison Tuck, M.A.

Alison Tuck, M.A., is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research primarily examines the influence of social media on mental health. As a clinical scientist, she focuses on understanding the clinical implications of social media use, including identifying those at greatest risk for its negative consequences and what people can do to develop healthy social media habits. She hopes her research will guide strategies for clinicians and policymakers alike.

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This Platform will feature music from Ben von Harz. From our musician, "I began musically playing congas in a church band back in the late 80s, but got away from playing when I lived aboard my boats for ten years. Missing the rhythm and living ashore again, I put some congas back in my life in 2010. I was lucky to go to South Africa for work in 2011 and met a master drum builder and drum circle facilitator there. He taught me how to build beautiful rope-tuned African drums like djembes, ashikos bougarabous and djuns. He also took me aside and quietly told me I needed lessons. To this day I remember that and keep a teacher in my life. Since I traveled frequently for work, I would try to find some African drum lessons when I was in a new town. Which eventually led to learning about the World Rhythm Festival in Seattle where I met and became part of a worldwide community of hand drummers and drum circle facilitators. I have been fortunate to attend two of the Hawaii Playshops that the Village Music Circles do each year to train and certify drum circle facilitators. I didn't go for the certification, I went for Late Night, an unfacilitated, no-curfew drum circle on the beach around a bonfire on the north shore of Oahu with some of the best hand drummers to be found. After each full day of learning how to listen, feel the rhythms, read the people and facilitate where the music was leading us, at 9 p.m. when Late Night arrived we became a tight intuitive group making the most magical music. That's where I first heard the angels in the music, as we called them, those ethereal extra players that mysteriously emerge from well-played rhythms. I also owe Seattle a big thank you for being the first place I played a handpan. I was at a conscience dance at a large yoga center there and one of the musicians was playing what I am pretty sure was a Hang, made by PanArt in Switzerland, the first builder of handpans. I stuck around after the dance to help clean up and this guy was nice enough to let me play his pan. He showed me how to touch it and before I knew what was happening, three other musicians picked their drums back up and started playing with me. That was it for me, I had to have one. It's been nearly a dozen years now, my music room is full of instruments and I still play pans every day. I began playing handpans for yoga classes in 2015, confiding in the teacher I was really just practicing. She pointed out that with yoga, we were all just practicing. And also that yoga comes in many forms. These insights gave me the freedom to stretch musically and not be embarrassed by the times I might fall over doing it. I've played hundreds of yoga classes over the years since. We have many gifted sound healers in St. Louis and I've enjoyed working with a few of our best doing numerous sound baths, even in our Planetarium a few times. There were a few years when two friends and I played for hospice patients, that was a special time learning to make deep connections with music. Each experience has been teaching and refining my musical voice. This instrument has taught me so much musically and learning how to play it has literally changed how my brain works. It's been really cool to witness my old brain learning to do new things. I've been pretty quiet these last few years, not playing publicly, rather spending a lot of time playing alone, which is its own unique experience. Thank you for the opportunity to end my hermitage by playing for the St. Louis Ethical Society's Platform."  


February 4
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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St. Louis, MO 63117
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