69) Reddit


Reddit has 52 million active users a day, and 1 in 4 people ages 25-29 use Reddit. Today, I chat with social media researcher and author, Dr. Elliot Panek about his recently published book, Understanding Reddit. We covered the evolution of social dynamics within this understudied network of communities.

Bio: Elliot Panek studies the uses and effects of digital media from sociological and psychological perspectives. He is the author of Understanding Reddit, and has published research in top-tier academic journals on the social dynamics of online communities, social media and narcissism, texting while driving, media addiction, and media use and political polarization. His research has been covered by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Time.com, and The North Korea Times. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama, where he leads the Alabama Reddit Research Group, mentors Ph.D. and undergraduate students, and teaches courses on social media, communication research methods, content creation, and film history.