Psychology of Social Media

How has the persistent use of social media applications become internalized as part of our psychological DNA; an invisible social “operating system,” influencing our behavior? Does social media engagement affect self-concept, self-esteem and mood regulation? What are the psychological mechanisms by which socially networked groups create changes on the political, consumer advertising, and cultural landscapes? What is the difference between engagement, habit, and addiction to social media? Accelerated 24/7 communications alter the experience of psychological, temporal, and physical distance between people. Does this change the nature of what we experience as a “relationship,” a “family” or a “friend?”

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Spring 2020

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Azadeh Aalai
W: 4:20 PM - 6:10 PM SILV 404