Mindfully Using Social Media with Brian A. Primack

Social media is an incredible tool… if we use it the right way. In his book, You Are What You Click, internationally acclaimed behavioral scientist and social media expert Brian Primack writes that we do not need to swear off social media, delete all our online accounts, or give up our phones to live healthier, happier lives. Instead, he empowers us to take back control with a simple approach: being more selective, positive, and creative with our lives online. The key is creating intentional and healthy social media habits, and personalizing our tech diet so we can enjoy a fruitful, balanced relationship with social media.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • Social media and the problems it can cause;
  • The “good stuff” social media brings;
  • Brian’s “food pyramid” for social media;
  • Creating a digital wellness plan;
  • Digital holidays and why do we need them;
  • Ways we can be more positive in our social media use.

You can listen to our conversation wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Dr. Brian Primack is an award-winning expert who developed a multimillion-dollar research program focused on how media and technology influence health. He holds a BA from Yale, a master’s in education from Harvard, an MD from Emory, and a PhD in behavioral science from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Primack is now dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, where he also serves as a professor of public health and medicine. His work has been highlighted by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Atlantic, Today, CBS News, the Washington Post, the BBC, NPR’s All Things Considered and Here and Now, the Huffington Post, and many more.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, was released summer 2021. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 160 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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