I have found an interesting online organisation blog called PsyBlog.org in which professionals elaborate on psychological issues relating to many topics, including media, the internet and social networking. My main focus was on online networking and how the mind becomes manipulated and how people become a different person when they are chatting online.
This website offers different posts written by academics on various topics, so I think it is useful to look at if you want to find out about the effects of social media and the internet on people’s behaviour. I have looked at an article which I found interesting called ‘Online disinhibition’ which is written by Dr. Jeremy Dean, a psychologist and author on PsyBlog. Online disinhibition is the idea that people feel less inhibited with social conventions when online and they abandon social restraints when interacting on online platforms. For example, in face-to-face conversations, people would be less likely to say something cruel, fearing the consequences, whereas in the online world, people abandon this inhibition. The article justifies the reasons of why this is happening and goes in depth for the effects it has on society. I think it is an interesting website to look at to find out how the Internet psychologically effects us either in a positive or negative way and we get an insight to the professional view of academics and professionals.
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