Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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The psychological and social effects of digital technology
Phil Reed D.Phil.
Are social media companies manipulating mood and behaviour? How is this occurring; how might it be achieved; and what can be done about it?
Research suggests that there is a possibility of "pathological togetherness" developing as a result of exposure to too much social networking.
Despite their relatively high use of social media, students prefer real — not digital — social contact.
Evidence suggests that social media can create collective narcissism. What is the theory behind this, and how can you spot somebody vulnerable to the process?
Collective narcissism is an exaggerated view of a group’s ‘greatness’; it negatively impacts society’s ability to respond to threat. How can you spot it in social media groups?
Do legitimate contexts of protest provide opportunities for some people to engage in disruption for disruption’s sake?
What does current research suggest about why such misinformation is spread, and what can be done to stop it?
Digital communications in the 21st century may produce the same results as verbal communications in the 14th century—our learning mechanisms ensure this will be the case.
As we socially distance, can digital technology positively maintain social contact?
Leaving aside suggestions that online games financially exploit the vulnerable and promote violence, are there any positives in participation?
Research suggests that social media use is associated with anxiety and this anxiety comes in many forms – all of which are problematic for a person's well-being. Understand how social media can fuel anxieties.
Whether "JOMO" helps reduce social media use depends on whether it’s a media fad, an anxiety-driven set of behaviors, or a reassessment of how people want to live their lives.
Does non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation exposure precede physical and psychological symptoms, or are pre-existing psychological issues at play?
What is known about the extent to which EHS affects people, and what symptoms can it produce in our physical and mental states?
Are concerns about psychological impacts of non-ionising radiation from digital devices justified by the scientific evidence?
Does social media increase levels of narcissism? The answer from research conducted in many laboratories is almost certainly yes—but with lots of caveats.
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.