LIKE achieves the impossible: actually getting people–youth and adults– to put down their phones for a few minutes. Brown CountySchools, in partnership with the Brown County Recovery and Wellness Coalition present a special screening of the documentary, LIKE to begin a dialogue between local families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the film, followed by an informative panel discussion led by Dr. Sandy Washburn with local youth, community members and special Guest Dr. Johan Bollen. Dr. Bollen researches social media use. After the panel, all attendees are invited to stay for socializing and free refreshments. All are welcome to attend and we will offer door prizes.
This take-action, inspiring film is the 2nd installment in the award-winning INDIEFLIX MentalHealth Trilogy, created to entertain, engage and enlighten about issues surrounding mental health. Before Covid, 2 billion smartphone owners were checking their phones, on average, 150 times a day, and the enforced isolation and mandated screen time of the past year has only increased this figure. Research continues to confirm that having your head down, staring at the screen, chasing “likes” and seeking “followers” is the perfect recipe for low self-esteem, isolation and depression, as well as loss of focus and patience.
The event is free and free refreshments will follow the panel discussion.