Jongeren smartphone social media

Social Media: Friend or Foe?

Date: Time: 10:00 Location: Online via Zoom

We have all heard or had debates on social media. Are they beneficial or destructive, or something in between? This seminar includes lectures on a wide range of aspects of social media. Pick and choose the lectures that you want to attend. (English / SG-Certificate*)

Time: 10:00-16:00 hrs. 

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Social Media

A world without social media? It's hard to imagine today. Social media connect us. Society has rapidly changed into a world where it is possible to share every piece of information with almost everyone.

In this seminar you will get to know all ins and outs of Social Media platforms; both positive and negative. Is Social Media a friend, or a foe? That is the main question we will try to answer.

Lectures and workshops

This seminar includes lectures and workshops.

The lectures are open to everyone. You don’t need to register for them.

The workshops are exclusively for members of the Study Association Complex (click on link for registration).


10:00-10:45  Opening Lecture

                              Stress, Anxiety and Addiction, Julia Brailovskaia

10:50-11:35 Parallel Lectures

                             Digital Media, Stress & Sleep, Susanne Baumgartner

                             Digital Culture, Piia Varis

11:40-14:00 Break (workshops for Complex members only)

14:05-14:50 Parallel Lectures

                             Online Dating, Alexander Schouten

                             Social Media & Sexuality, Annemarie van Oosten

15:00-16:00 Closing Lecture

                              Social Media and Politics, Chris Aalberts


  • Julia Brailovskaia

    Dr. Julia Brailovskaia

    Mental Health Research and Treatment Center

    Julia Brailovskaia currently works at the Mental Health Research and Treatment Center, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. As member of the "Bochum Optimism and Mental Health (BOOM)" team she investigates risk and protective factors of mental health. Her main research focus is on the relationship between mental health, personality and media use, especially (social) media addiction.

  • Susanne Baumgartner

    Dr. Susanne Baumgartner

    Amsterdam School of Communication Research

    Susanne Baumgartner is an assistant professor at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the role of digital media in adolescent development. Specifically, she is interested in media multitasking and how this affects the cognitive development of youth. Moreover, she studies the effects of smartphones on stress and sleep. To study the impact of digital media, she employs innovative methodological approaches, such as experience sampling, smartphone tracking data, and eye-tracking.

  • Alexander Schouten

    Dr. Alexander Schouten

    Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

    Alexander Schouten is an assistant professor of Business Communication & Digital Media at the department of Communication and Cognition, Tilburg University. His research and teaching interests include social media use, online collaboration, and online impression management. Besides teaching & research, he developed and initiated the New Media Design track within the Communication and Information Sciences department. He also serves as an associate editor for Cyberpsychology, Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace.

  • Piia Varis

    Dr. Piia Varis

    Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences

    Piia Varis is an associate professor with the Department of Culture Studies of the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences. She is an expert in digital ethnography. Her work concerns the study of new social and cultural processes on the internet, focusing especially on processes of authenticity articulation and performance in social media and on the social-theoretical implications of new subjectivities in a globalized and super-diverse virtual environment.

  • Annemarie van Oosten

    Dr. Annemarie van Oosten

    Amsterdam School of Communication Research

    Annemarie van Oosten is an assistant professor Communication Science and researcher in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, at the University of Amsterdam. She studied child & youth psychology and social- and health psychology. She received her PhD at the department of Communication Science, at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently investigating the role of social media and digital technology in relation to young people's sexuality, as well as young people’s resilience to stereotypical or biased sexual messages in the media.

  • Chris Aalberts

    Dr. Chris Aalberts

    political reporter & columnist

    Chris Aalberts has written books on Dutch and European politics. He has written about right wing populist parties such as Forum for Democracy and PVV, the role of social media, media relations and young people's political engagement. Chris is a political reporter for ThePostOnline and a columnist at Noordhollands Dagblad, Haarlems Dagblad en de Gooi- en Eemlander (e.a.). He also writes for De Kanttekening. He lectures on political communication at the master of media and journalism at Erasmus University Rotterdam and is a researcher in the research group on the changing role of Europe at The Hague University.

More information

This seminar is organized by Study Association Complex in cooperation with Studium Generale (Tilburg University).

Contact:  Annelieke Koster (Studium Generale).

* For students, this event may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions.


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