Navigating Social Media Responsibility with U-M Experts

Social media and digital technology are constantly changing, and presents various challenges and opportunities for users. This Michigan Minds Special Series features conversation with U-M faculty about digital ownership and the right to repair, AI innovations and the need for regulation, the effects of mindless media exposure, and impact of social media on youth and mental wellness.


Challenges and Opportunities of AI — and the Need for Regulation

AI is becoming more common in everyday life and is significantly changing the way people work. As the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information, Kentaro Toyama studies AI and human-computer interaction. He joins Michigan Minds to talk about how AI is impacting the creative workforce, the growth of generative technology like Chat-GPT and the risk of misuse of new tech.


Adolescent Brain Development and the Impact of Social Media on Mental Wellness

Joanna Quigley is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and an associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at Michigan Medicine. She is also the medical director of Michigan Medicine’s Child & Adolescent Ambulatory Psychiatry and the U-M Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS). On this episode, Quigley discusses adolescent brain development and how social media can impact mental well-being.


Digital Ownership and the Right to Repair

As the Thomas W. Lacchia Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, Aaron Perzanowski teaches and writes about the intersection of intellectual and personal property law. He joins Michigan Minds to talk about digital ownership, the tradeoffs that occur when purchasing digital products instead of physical, and issues that consumers should be aware of involving user constraints, permanence, and privacy.


Exploring the Impact of Mindless Media Exposure

On this episode, Jan Van den Bulck talks about how watching television affects our knowledge of various fields including law enforcement and emergency medicine, and discusses the relationship between media use and sleep. As a professor in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Van den Bulck’s research focuses on involuntary and incidental media effects, and explores how entertainment media affect our perception of the real world.


Exploring the Role of Negative Peer Feedback on Social Media

Jessica Fong, assistant professor at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business, joins this episode of Michigan Minds to discuss findings from a study on the role of negative peer feedback on social media, how creators can use this information to enhance their presence on platforms, and the ways in which feedback encourages users to moderate their tone.