Psychology of the Digital Age: Humans Become Electric

Psychology of the Digital Age: Humans Become Electric

by John R. Suler


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Psychology of the Digital Age: Humans Become Electric by John R. Suler

Based on two decades of participant-observation field research in diverse online environments, this engaging book offers insights for improving lifestyles and enhancing wellbeing in the digital age. John R. Suler, a founder of the field of cyberpsychology, explains its fundamental principles across a wide variety of topics, including online identity management, disinhibition, communication via text and photographs, intimacy and misunderstandings in online relationships, conflicting attitudes toward social media, addiction, deviant behavior, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and media overload. He provides a new framework, the 'Eight Dimensions of Cyberpsychology Architecture', which researchers, students, and general readers interested in cyberpsychology can apply as a valuable tool for creating and understanding different digital realms. Psychology of the Digital Age focuses on the individual, shedding new light on our conscious as well as subconscious reactions to online experiences and our intrinsic human need to self-actualize.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107128743
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/18/2015
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

John R. Suler is Professor of Psychology at Rider University's Science and Technology Center and Honorary Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He has published widely on cyberpsychology, Eastern philosophy, photographic psychology, psychotherapy, and creativity, including the book Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Eastern Thought.

Table of Contents

List of figures; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: newborns in evolution; 1. Cyberpsychology architecture; 2. Presence: be here now; 3. The dynamic digital psyche; 4. The disinhibited self; 5. Electrified relationships; 6. Other than you think: interpersonal perceptions; 7. Text talk; 8. Image talk; 9. I, avatar; 10. One of us: groups and communities; 11. Change and excess; 12. Addicted or devoted; 13. The digital deviant; 14. Synthesized realities and synthesized beings; 15. Electric therapeutics; Conclusion: research and the researcher; References; Index.

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