From Fish to FOMO: How Social Media and the Ancient “Biology of Comparison” are Shaping the Moods, Relationships, and Fates of Modern Human Teenagers

From Fish to FOMO: How Social Media and the Ancient “Biology of Comparison” are Shaping the Moods, Relationships, and Fates of Modern Human Teenagers

January 7, 2020

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

January 16, 2020, 5:00 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, Visiting Professor, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Professor of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

The worrisome rise in anxiety and depression among adolescents has been linked to social media. This connection, however, is not well understood. Social media is, at its core, about comparing and being compared with others. Modern adolescent anxiety is driven by the “biology comparison” which evolved in ancient fish to help individuals navigate their social relationships. Understanding the 500 million year history of being sized up, assessed, and comparing to others offers a powerful new approach to better understanding and helping the anxious adolescents in our lives.

Book signing and reception to follow. RSVP by Jan. 15, cbaciu@asu.edu

Hosted by the Center for Evolution and Medicine, ASU and Arizona Cancer Evolution Center, ASU