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Zicklin Talks Business Webinar: The Dark Side of Social Media


Please join Dean Fenwick Huss, Larry Zicklin, faculty members, and special guests for these webinars, featuring business executives and faculty discussing current business topics. This webinar series is offered by the Office of Executive Programs.

What is it in social media platforms like Facebook, TikTok, or Instagram that we spend so much time on them? Are we addicted? Are social media users' behaviors different than addictions to gambling or alcohol? If so, how are they different? What do we lose by using social media for leisure?

Do social media providers design their platforms in ways that entice users to spend more and more time on them?

What are the harms of social media to our society? Are there any long-term side effects? What can (or should) be done about it?

Larry Zicklin (BBA '57) discusses these questions with Niam Yaraghi, Assistant Professor of Business Technology at Miami Herbert Business School at the University of Miami and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation, and with Assistant Professor Isaac Vaghefi, of the Zicklin School of Business Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics. With an introduction by Dean Fenwick Huss, and a Q&A session moderated by Associate Dean Gwen Webb.