Social Media- Sucking Time or Saving Lives: Kristen Howerton at TEDxChapmanU

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Kristen Howerton is a marriage and family therapist and professor of psychology at Vanguard University. She is also the author of the popular blog Rage Against the Minivan, where she explores issues of identity, race, adoption, parenting, and sometimes embarrassing indignities of motherhood.

In addition to her own blog, Howerton is editor of ShePosts, an online magazine dedicated to women in social media, and is a regular contributor to Disney's parenting site Babble, as well as to The Huffington Post and the OC Family magazine.

Howerton has made numerous television appearances to talk about parenting issues, including The View, The Ricki Lake Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. Howerton ruefully admits that in early 2010, she lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway, liberally decorated with crushed breakfast cereal... and the remnants of her self-esteem.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)