Influencer Culture and Parenting | Kansas City MomCast Episode 62

Social media influencer culture has permeated fashion, food and even parenting. Aside from the “highlight reel” cliche we hear about often, our discussion in this episode touches on the effects social media has on moms, both in our parenting style and own mental health. We also discuss on loneliness, the potential to spread misinformation, and the rise of affiliate marketing.

Join us as we talk with Dr. Jeffrey Hall, Professor of Communication Studies, Associate Chair, and Director of the Relationships and Technology Lab at KU, about social media’s effect on our parenting.

Meet Dr. Jeffrey Hall

Jeffrey A. Hall (PhD University of Southern California) is a Professor of Communication Studies, Associate Chair, and Director of the Relationships and Technology Lab. He is a past Chair of the Human Communication and Technology Division of the National Communication Association, and the founder and editor of the journal Human Communication & Technology. Dr. Hall is the current Chair of the Interpersonal Communication Division of the International Communication Association. He was awarded the Early Career Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association in 2015. His award-winning book Relating Through Technology was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. He has written for the Wall Street Journal and been interviewed by the New York Times, National Public Radio, Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today, The Atlantic, US News and World Report, and CNN, and has appeared on the Steve Harvey Show and It’s Personal with Amy Hoggart.

What We’re Loving In Kansas City

Turkey Creek Festival

Megan and her family loved the Turkey Creek Festival in Merriam last year and is excited to check it out again this Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can park at the Antioch Park parking lot or head to Nations Holding (9001 W 67th St. (formerly Lee Jeans) and catch the free shuttle. There are food trucks, concerts, a pie eating contest (ages 6 and up!), balloon artists, inflatables, fishing, Home Depot projects and more!

Volunteer with Heart to Heart International

Sarah and two of her kids volunteered in putting together hygiene kits to send overseas. Kids need to be age 8 and up, but check the website for more opportunities. The two-hour time slot was fast paced and fun for the kids to get to see the progress as the boxes stacked higher and higher. She’s looking forward to doing this again!

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Megan Coffey
Hi! I'm Megan, former teacher turned stay-at-home-but-never-home mom to Peyton, 7, and Gage, 4. I host the Kansas City MomCast podcast! I'm married to the most patient person on this earth, Chris, and we live in Overland Park with our kids, an insane lab, and two guinea pigs. You can find me over committing to everything, reading informational and self-help texts, listening to podcasts, organizing, spending time with friends over margaritas, thrifting, and staying up way too late to have peace and serenity. I love people and hearing their stories and look forward to connecting with KCMC readers!


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