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The psychological and social effects of digital technology
Phil Reed D.Phil.
Are technology companies gaining from exploiting the ways in which our learning mechanisms operate?
The internet debate opposing freedom of expression and freedom from abuse may be obscuring other equally critical aspects of our freedom.
The reasons for underestimation of screen time activity illustrates neurochemical aspects of internet usage, possibly responsible for symptoms mimicking psychopathologies.
Focus on whether screen time causes particular problems makes good headlines, but is it directing the debate into misleading areas?
What does the evidence from behavioural and cognitive studies tell us about echo chamber effects?
Studies suggest that constraints are placed on our psychological abilities by unrestricted information provided by the internet limiting our freedom to sample available information
Recent advice on whether screen time damages children's health appears contradictory. What should parents believe?
Stopping an addiction behaviour is not easy – tips can help, but, in the end, you need to ask yourself: ‘do I want to change?’; and ‘what’s in it for me?’
As governments invest in technology to tackle loneliness, researchers say that social media produces more loneliness. Is one of these positions a terrible error?
Can psychology apps help the health system? The harms may outweigh the benefits.
Phil Reed, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Swansea University.