Forthcoming Book: The Dark Side of Social Media

Our new book “The Dark Side of Social Media: Psychological, Managerial and Societal Perspectives” (Elsevier) will be published in Fall 2019.

The Dark Side of Social Media

In this book, Pavica Sheldon, me, and James Honeycutt discuss multiple “dark” aspects of social media. The first part of the book deals with psychological consequences, such as how (exzessive) social media use is linked to narcissism, depression and so forth. The second part looks at negative consequences for firms, in particular being a victim of “shitstorms” (i.e., more formally, “collaborative brand attacks” or “online firestorms”) and a critical view on the validity of social media monitoring.The last part looks at societies as a whole.

The Dark Side of Social Media
examines how this media can negatively affect our lives, tackling current issues like 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). This book empowers readers with a more holistic understanding of the consequences of utilizing social media.

Key Features
Focuses on interpersonal communication through social media
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

Researchers and students in psychology, marketing, sociology, communication studies, and human ecology.


Background Information

Link to the publisher page

Authors: Pavica Sheldon Philipp Rauschnabel James Honeycutt
Paperback ISBN: 9780128159170
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st July 2019
Page Count: approx. 200

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