In 2020, the usually bittersweet activity of browsing Facebook or Instagram, with their feeds full of vacation photos and pictures of friends’ kids, is often devoid of any sweetness. Instead, we’re faced with a feed full of anger, resentment, envy, jealousy, and indignation. As we’ve faced a year of COVID and political and social unrest, online interactions can become so toxic that taking a break from them has become synonymous with self-care.
Join professor Sara Protasi of the University of Puget Sound for a talk about two emotions: envy and resentment, and how they affect our online interactions—particularly how those feelings are stirred up by other people’s good fortune. What do we know about how social media affects how we compare ourselves to others? How does it affect our well-being? What role does envy play in how we’ve responded to the crisis online, and how can we use these emotions more productively?
This event is part of our fall online series, “What These Times Mean: Navigating 2020.”
- October 13, 2020
Registration for this event is closedRegister via Zoom to attend.
- Humanities Washington