The Dark Side of Social Media,
Edition 1 Psychological, Managerial, and Societal Perspectives
By Pavica Sheldon, Philipp Rauschnabel and James M. Honeycutt

Publication Date: 09 Jul 2019

The Dark Side of Social Media: Psychological, Managerial, and Societal Perspectives examines how social media can negatively affect our lives. The book tackles issues related to social media such as emotional and mental health, shortened attention spans, selective self-presentation and narcissism, the declining quality of interpersonal relationships, privacy and security, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, misinformation and online deception, and negative peer effects. It goes on to discuss social media and companies (loss of power, challenging control mechanisms) and societies as a whole (fake news, chatbots, changes in the workplace).

The Dark Side of Social Media: Psychological, Managerial, and Societal Perspectives empowers readers to have a more holistic understanding of the consequences of utilizing social media. It does not necessarily argue that social media is a bad development, but rather serves to complement the numerous empirical findings on the "bright side" of social media with a cautionary view on the negative developments.

Key Features

  • Focuses on interpersonal communication through social media
  • Focuses on psychology of media effects
  • Explores social media issues on both an individual and societal level
  • Documents the rise of social media from niche phenomenon to mass market
  • Examines the differences between creating and consuming content
About the author
By Pavica Sheldon, Communications Arts Department, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, USA; Philipp Rauschnabel, Digital Marketing and Media Innovation at Universität der Bundeswehr München, Neubiberg, Germany; James M. Honeycutt, The University of Texas at Dallas, Organizational Behavior, Coaching, and Consulting and Naveen Jindal School of Management, TX United States Lousiana State University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Baton Rouge, LA United States
Book details
ISBN: 9780128159170
Page Count: 188
Retail Price : £54.99
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